Today’s Senate Armed Services Committee with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin E. Dempsey reiterated two important points to us:
That America has “the most powerful and flexible naval force on earth.” And that’s a good thing! With maintaining our current battle force of 285 ships, we’ll be able to prevail in any combat situation, “including the most stressing anti-access environments.”
And we have to do all we can to protect our industrial base. As Senator Susan Collins pointed out, “once the industrial base is gone, we’ll never get it back,” and we couldn’t agree more. America’s industrial base is filled with highly-skilled workers that are essential in implementing our defense strategy and we simply can’t afford to lose them during budget cuts.