Pentagon To Retire USS Truman – could save $30 Billion


USS Harry Truman

❝ Amidst rising anxiety over whether the US Navy’s thousand-foot-long flagships could evade Chinese missiles in a future war, the Pentagon has decided to cut the aircraft carrier fleet from 11 today to 10.

By retiring the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Truman at least two decades early, rather than refueling its nuclear reactor core in 2024 as planned, the military would save tens of billions on overhaul and operations costs that it could invest in other priorities. But the proposal, part of the 2020-2024 budget plan due out mid-March, is sure to inspire outrage on Capitol Hill.

How many peace-loving Center-Left politicians from the two old parties have you ever seen embracing cuts to the dollar$ Congress pours down the so-called defense rathole?

❝ …The mid-life overhaul has been used as a bargaining chip for a larger budget in the past,” said Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain turned analyst…he said, “I doubt the Congress would allow it to go through.”

RTFA for all the detailed alternatives. Think about what you might propose as alternate uses for that funding? Say, schools, teachers, retraining programs for workers in disappearing industries, Medicare-for-all? The list goes on.

Congress and pinhead economists in Washington DC still live-and-die by a now-ancient concept that has enthralled American capitalism since WW2. Production of non-consumable goods limits inflation while providing jobs, funding the most inefficient corporate welfare. Everything from the Federal Interstate Highway Construction to the Cold War always found boatloads of support for the concept.

4 thoughts on “Pentagon To Retire USS Truman – could save $30 Billion

  1. 3cardMonte says:

    “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan wants to use that money for research and development on newer weapon systems. Reportedly, Shanahan insisted on the Truman’s retirement as a bargaining chip to allow construction of two new Ford-class carriers to continue.”
    https://www.richmond.com/opinion/our-opinion/editorial-an-early-retirement-for-uss-truman/article_e1293fab-b221-5785-84df-ddbbb0c9d5b2.html
    “The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the lead of vessel of the U.S. Navy’s latest class of carriers, and the most expensive warship in U.S. history, just breached a USD$12.9 billion spending lid set by Congress by USD$120 million bringing total acquisition cost to $13.027 billion, the Navy said in a recent statement.” (May 2018) https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/us-navys-13-billion-supercarrier-just-got-even-more-expensive/

  2. Red sky @ morning says:

    “To assist the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in its goal of attacking deployed aircraft carrier battle groups, two PLA Air Force (PLAAF) authors, Sun Yiming and Yang Liping, have built a virtual roadmap for attacking joint U.S. data control systems and military communications. They have carefully consulted dozens of corporate web sites and military tactical data link operator guides, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and U.S. military tactical and technical manuals, to produce a virtual guidebook for electronic warfare and jamming to disrupt critical U.S. cooperative target engagement and command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) data links: Tactical Data Links in Information Warfare” China’s Nuclear Forces: Operations, Training, Doctrine, Command and control Campaign Planning (2007) see p. 12 https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/report/2007/ssi_wortzel.pdf See also “information warfare tactical data link” (Chinese Edition) Ben She.Yi Ming, Beijing University Press (July 1. 2005), ISBN 10: 756351063X / ISBN 13: 9787563510634

  3. Ahoy says:

    “A Navy decision to decommission the USS Harry S. Truman, taking the aircraft carrier out of service 25 years early and put the savings into future investments, has left some House lawmakers scratching their heads at the service’s drastic cost-cutting measure at the expense of a seaworthy ship. Some lawmakers argued the move goes against the Navy’s projected needs for the fleet only three years ago. The decision became a point of contention during a House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon.” (Stars and Stripes 3/27/19) https://www.stripes.com/news/us/navy-challenged-by-house-lawmakers-on-uss-harry-s-truman-s-early-retirement-1.574571
    See also “Navy makes ‘largest ship construction budget request in 20 years'” https://www.stripes.com/navy-makes-largest-ship-construction-budget-request-in-20-years-1.572369 “The latest budget request for the Navy, released Tuesday, calls for $194.5 billion for more personnel and ships to meet the challenges of increased activity and competition in the maritime domain. The Department of the Navy’s total proposed budget, which includes funding for the Marine Corps, is $205.6 billion — making it the largest service request for fiscal year 2020.

  4. Cheerleader says:

    “Sailors told to ‘clap like we’re at a strip club’ for Pence’s USS Truman arrival” (Stars & Stripes 5/1/19) https://www.stripes.com/news/sailors-told-to-clap-like-we-re-at-a-strip-club-for-pence-s-uss-truman-arrival-1.579192 “We can confirm that this statement was made by USS Harry S. Truman’s Command Master Chief to Truman’s Sailors, prior to the arrival of the Vice President,” Lt. Cmdr. Laura Stegherr told CNN in a statement.
    The Navy’s plan for the Truman calls for the ship to be decommissioned in 2024 when it would otherwise get its midlife refueling. But during his visit, Pence told sailors that the White House would keep the ship, a reversal of the administration’s earlier position.”

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