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January 23, 2013

By Winslow Wheeler

Powering the Pacific ''Pivot'' with Leon and Chuck



U.S. Fleet in Pacific Greg Jaffe’s Washington Post article last August offers a good explanation for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s hysteria about defense budget cuts, and a useful criterion to assess Panetta’s nominated replacement, former Senator Chuck Hagel.

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Topics: National Security

December 17, 2012

By Winslow Wheeler

Is the Fleet Steaming Forward ... Or Backward?



Navy Ship In part 3 of his series on the U.S. Navy, Winslow Wheeler looks at the prevailing wisdom that America’s smaller fleet is more capable than the U.S. Navy of yore because of higher capability per individual ship. It is a dangerous assumption.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2012

By Winslow Wheeler

More Than the Navy's Numbers Could be Sinking



Navy The shrinking size of the Navy's fleet is just one variable in considering its adequacy: the ability to perform assigned missions, especially after withstanding whatever threats may exist, is a far better measure than mere numbers.

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Topics: National Security

May 29, 2012

By Winslow Wheeler

A Peek at Pentagon Pork: A Taxpayers' Guide



National Security The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee (sometimes called the HAC-D) have reported their separate defense bills to the House of Representatives (both bills purport to address both spendin

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