The apparent greater focus on shipbuilding accounts — compared to aviation spending — during discussions on where to find cuts in overall U.S. Navy spending makes sense, defense analysts say, even though the service has historically spent roughly equal amounts on both, according to an Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) analysis. Between 1998 and 2009, the Navy spent about $72.8 billion on shipbuilding-related expenses and another $68 billion on aviation-related costs, according to ...


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