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Naval Think Tank Study Calls for More Submarines, Smaller Carriers

The CSBA does not recommend the U.S. abandon its carrier-centric force altogether, but says the Navy needs to focus more on submarines and calls for a resurgence of the surface fleet. The report also calls for a new smaller carrier-sized ship.

The Pentagon and the U.S Navy must increase submarines, strengthen the surface fleet size and build new smaller, more agile carrier-type ships -- as as part of a broader effort to rethink the way it constructs the American fleet for future conflicts and operations, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) contends in a just-released report. 

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Big Wars, Small Ships: CSBA’s Alternative Navy Praised By Sen. McCain

The Navy needs a bigger fleet of smaller ships than envisioned in its official Force Structure Assessment, says a congressionally-chartered study from the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.

CSBA emphatically agrees with the Navy that the focus needs to shift from day-to-day counter-terrorism and presence operations to deterring (and if need be, fighting) major wars. Both plans call for a steep increase in attack submarines from 55 today to 66, along 12 nuclear-missile submarines. But CSBA recommends distinctly different surface fleet — one with many similarities to proposals from Senate Armed Services chairman John McCain.

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What’s in It for U.S. National Security?

The average cost (from 2008 to 2013) to deploy a soldier in Afghanistan was $1.3 million per year, according to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. So a reasonable estimate for 25,000 troops to enforce a safe zone for a year is $32.5 billion.

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Thornberry Continues to Seek Billions in Jettisoned NDAA Weapons Spending

Kate Blakeley, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Studies, states in a Jan. 24 report that "reaching anything near that level of spending would require broad political consensus" that has been lacking in Congress for years and points out that the "average relief" provided by lawmakers since the BCA began is only $18 billion.

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Mattis’ Pricey Military Buildup Faces Obstacles in Congress

That's where "the rubber meets the road," said [Katherine] Blakeley, research fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "The Budget Control Act of 2011 is still the law, and it needs to be amended by the regular legislative process, which means you need at least some democratic buy-in."

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Stealth Destroyer DDG-1000’s Biggest Trials Lie Ahead

“The combat system testing is a significant concern, since so much of it is new,” said Bryan Clark, a retired Navy commander now with the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments.