Krepon, Michael
April 1977
Foreign Affairs;Apr1977, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p355
This article discusses the role and capability of the U.S. Navy in fulfilling national strategy as of April 1977. In the past year, U.S. President Gerald Ford has sent two different shipbuilding requests to the Congress, to which the House and the Senate have added their own distinct and separate versions. Adding to the turmoil have been sharply varying perceptions of the Soviet naval threat. If the extent of the Soviet threat is open to question, so too is the ability of the U.S. Navy to carry out its assigned roles and missions. Only the role of the Navy in strategic deterrence, through nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, appears assured and invulnerable. In the center of the controversy over the Navy lies the aircraft carrier, and specifically the large-deck aircraft carrier.


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