Posted by dahsdebater on 10/23/2012 6:11:00 PM (view original):
All in all I'll tend to trust the guy actually communicating regularly with the Joint Chiefs about what the Navy thinks it needs over the outsider's assertions, but that's just me...
Because Obama has such a history of valuing the opinion of the guys on the ground, and in the trenches? Or because you just want to?
I didn't realize "what the Navy needs" was a point of contention.
This is what I could find concerning the validity of the 313 claim:
"His assertion that 313 ships are required for a fully operational Navy uses an outdated figure – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dropped the number to 300 ships in April".
So while the number came down in April, we are still below that number and headed even lower. Also pretty sure the Navy is aware that they have Air Craft Carriers and Nuclear Submarines when they released that figure in April.