January 11, 2014
DOES IT MATTER IF AN OUTDATED WEAPON DOESN'T WORK?:
Navy's new $12b aircraft carrier beset with performance problems (Bryan Bender, JANUARY 10, 2014, Boston Globe)
The US Navy's newest aircraft carrier, a multibillion-dollar behemoth that is the first in a next generation of carriers, is beset with a number of performance problems, even failing tests of its ability to launch and recover combat jets, according to an internal assessment by the Pentagon.The early tests are raising worries that the USS Gerald R. Ford, christened in honor of the 38th president in November, may not meet the Navy's goal of significantly increasing the number of warplanes it can quickly launch -- and could even be less effective than older vessels. The carrier is undergoing testing at a Virginia shipyard and is scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2016, with a price tag estimated at more than $12 billion.
It's stimulus, not strategy.Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2014 8:23 AM