Attack Submarine USS Buffalo in dry dock at Pearl Harbor

Biden’s Plan to Cut Navy Ships: Handing China Victory at Sea

The Biden administration’s 2023 defense budget request falls far short of America’s strategic needs. The administration remains committed to concepts like “Integrated Deterrence,” a notion that the invasion of Ukraine showed to be strategically vacuous. Of equal importance is the budget’s proposed dollar amount, $813 billion: Given inflationary projections of above 7 percent, Biden’s proposed 4 percent increase amounts to a defense spending cut.

More relevant are the individual services’ budgets, which dictate the actual resource distribution between military capabilities. Specifically, the administration’s budget request for the Navy and its ship-retirement plans are cause for real concern. These suggest that the Sea Services have been tied to irrational political-economic and construction timelines that pay insufficient attention to the strategic consequences of their budgetary choices. A shrinking fleet does not simply send the wrong message to our foes in the abstract. In the concrete, the administration’s budgetary plans will diminish American combat power precisely when China is hungrily eyeing Taiwan.

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1 thought on “Biden’s Plan to Cut Navy Ships: Handing China Victory at Sea”

  1. China is both a long term adversary as well as short term. The question to ask if in China’s position ” Can the CCP wait another five years to begin a strategic full size attack on America’s Allies ?”
    Giving the constant military budget cuts of the current administration and the ever increasing military budget increases for China, Patience is indeed a feasible solution.

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