Accession Number : ADA606945


Title :   90,000 Tons of Diplomacy: How the U.S. Navy Supports Naval Aviation


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Leatherwood, Andrew B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a606945.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 93


Abstract : With the demise of Soviet Union, the U.S. Navy found itself without an adversary that could challenge its conventional war-fighting capability. It sought relevance and had to decide where to accept budgetary reductions. Abandoning high-dollar weapon systems and accompanying tactics became a tough issue. Throughout the cutbacks, naval aviation remained at the heart of the Navy s force. Naval aviation received support even though much of its capability outpaced all potential adversaries. Critics cite the cost of the aircraft carrier fleet relative to the missions the Navy now performs, and the steady improvement in anti-access weapons as reasons to invest in other technologies or decrease carrier numbers. Many now question whether the nation uses and operates the carrier force effectively. Nevertheless, naval aviation continues to provide the United States with a strong and creditable (although conventional and expensive) ability to accomplish America s worldwide commitment and conduct contingency operations.


Descriptors :   *NAVAL AVIATION , *NAVAL BUDGETS , AIRCRAFT CARRIERS , CONVENTIONAL WARFARE , EMERGENCIES , MILITARY TACTICS , USSR , WEAPON SYSTEMS


Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Economics and Cost Analysis


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE