Changing the Peacetime Deployment of Aircraft Carriers
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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New strategies and missions are combining with declining defense budgets to force new assessments of how we use our aircraft carriers during peacetime. The Senate has asked the Secretary of Defense for a report on how to improve the forward presence provided by our carriers. This paper is an unsolicited response to that request and deals with both the quantity and quality of forward deployed time of these capital ships. Viable options for increasing on-station time include deployment cycle adjustments and multiple crewing schemes, while homeporting changes hold little promise. The composition of the ships and crews that form the carrier battle group needs to reflect the growing importance of peaceful, non-traditional missions. Carriers should be more actively involved in establishing close relationships with Third World countries and aiding their development.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics