According to a recent article in the U.S. Military News Paper "THE STARS AND STRIPES "The U.S. Navy needs to build up the fleet to 325 to 350 combat vessels based on an analysis by retired Adm. Timothy J. Keating,USN (Ret.) . This would be a fleet of about 50 to 75 more combatant ships than we presently have, and what we presently have is shrinking to budget cut after budget cut. We have said this for a long time but Admiral Keating's analysis prepared in cooperation with Mackenzie Eaglen, a defense analyst with American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, goes beyond our usual defense and security focused analysis. Keating and Mackenzie make the case that under funding and overextending the Navy will have a direct impact on U.S. consumers, aside from national and international security.
We think the thoughts of Admiral Keating and Mr. Mackenzie warrant the attention of naval and merchant marine professionals and indeed the attention of the American general public. We urge our visitors to read this article in STARS and STRIPES. You won't find anything like it the U.S. general media.