The sea service is pushing for a fleet of 355 ships in the next decade, and that’s not counting unmanned vessels.
The U.S. Navy needs more money for warships — perhaps tens of billions of dollars more over the next decade — if it is to keep pace with China and Russia, its top admiral said.
“We need more money,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said bluntly Tuesday at a Surface Navy Association conference in Arlington, Virginia. “There’s broad agreement across the government that our Navy needs to grow…We need to pursue unmanned technologies and we need to solve tough technology and policy issues associated with unmanned instead of running away from them.”
The admiral spoke less than a month before the White House is to send Congress a 2021 defense budget that is capped at $740 billion — up just $2 billion after three years of substantial growth.
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WNU Editor: Everyone always wants more money.