The Obama administration’s neglect of the Navy can be typified by the early retirement of the USSEnterprise (CVN 65) and its plans to decommission other naval assets. In August of this year, I outlined on NRO why the Enterprise should remain in service, but the Big E is only the most prominent asset slated for premature retirement. The administration also plans to decommission and scrap six Ticonderoga-class cruisers, although the vessels have as many as 15 years of service life left (even without further overhauls).
As noted at the Navy-oriented Information Dissemination blog, when the
proposed cuts were first outlined in late 2011, the decommissioning plan
will take out of service cruisers that can be upgraded with the ballistic missile defense (BMD) package – now a core capability for the Navy – while keeping five cruisers that cannot receive the BMD upgrade.
Read the whole thing, and you'll see why I tend to think it's not 'neglect of the Navy', it's an intentional weakening of it.
In other news, life is calling; bloggage may be pretty thin for a couple of days.