Under The Sun

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

OxBlog notes a proposal to cut the US Navy's submarine force by up to a third. This would cost a bunch of jobs in Massachusetts, but those can be readily replaced by standard defense-budget pork. The serious question is whether cutting the submarine force is a good idea, and I suspect it is: submarines are a classical weapon--an advanced one, of course, but based on strategic and tactical needs that are now obsolete. What good are submarines against terrorists? So it seems to me that buying fewer two-billion-dollar submarines is a reasonable way to trim spending.

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