The U.S. Navy enjoys a large lead over potential competitors, perhaps the greatest in history, and U.S. leaders should not be afraid to "ride it" for several years, especially with an annual shipbuilding budget limited to $9-11 billion for the near future, a defense expert said June 20. Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute forum on the Navy's future, Robert Work of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments laid out a plan to acquire a 556-ship fleet by 2020 while ...

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