Questioning the Carrier: Opportunities in Fleet Design for the U.S. Navy (Hardcover)

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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is naval history's most powerful and versatile warship. It is the reason the U.S. Navy is the predominant force at sea today. Throughout its illustrious history, the carrier has overcome serious flaws, including its expense, vulnerability, centralization of combat power, and its airwing's short range. The U.S. Navy always accepted those flaws because the carrier was the best means of delivering firepower. Today's technologies, however, provide key opportunities for the U.S. Navy to move beyond the limitations of a carrier-centric fleet by redesigning its force structure.

Questioning the Carrier examines how the U.S. Navy can embrace the Age of the Missile, network the distributed fleet, and diversify to develop a fleet that benefits from the aircraft carrier's many strengths without being wholly dependent on them. By acting on those opportunities, the U.S. Navy can develop a structure that performs the carrier-centric fleet's functions more effectively using a force consisting of more platforms with less total risk and within the same long-term budget. As adversaries are improving their ability to deter the carrier thus causing its utility to wane, the author examines the Navy's past successes to show how it can overcome institutional resistance to change and continue to rule the seas.

About the Author

Jeff Vandenengel is a naval officer with tours on three fast-attack submarines. Winner of the 2019 Admiral Willis Lent Award as the most tactically proficient submarine department head in the Pacific Fleet, he deployed to the Western Pacific three times and to the Atlantic during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781682478707
ISBN-10: 168247870X
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2023
Pages: 312
Language: English