The Threat to U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Isn’t Just from China

When China released footage of its “carrier killer” ballistic missiles being tested two years ago, the US Navy’s top admiral fired back, calling the aircraft carrier “the most survivable airfield within the field of fire.”
China’s missile arsenal has only gotten bigger, but the Navy’s flattops may now face another challenge closer to home.
At a Brookings Institute event last month, Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that while carriers are still important to US defense, their high cost could prompt a reassessment of their utility.
“The one big thing going into the aircraft carrier would be the $12 billion price tag.” Smith said. “Are there other ways to get closer to the fight, to get unmanned systems …

















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