Magazine article National Defense

Navy Seeks $6B Boost to Modernize Weapons

Magazine article National Defense

Navy Seeks $6B Boost to Modernize Weapons

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The U.S. Navy wants an additional $6 billion a year to pay for improvements to its weapon platforms, accourding to testimony presented to the Senate sea power subcommittee. 'The trend is increased naval deployment," said Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, vice chief of naval operations for resources, warfare requirements and assessments.

Naval deployment has escalated more than 200 percent in less than a decade, aoding to Lautenbacher, who said the increase represents "an alarming trend" Between 1988 and 1991, naval ships were deployed 27 times. That number i almost three fold, to 77 times between 1992 and 1998. "We can't rest easy," Navy Seary Richard Danzig explained, because emerging threats to naval fores are increasing in lethality and sophistication An example is North Korea's Taepo Dong-1 missile and Pakistan's nuclear capabilities. "Iran continues to work on its ballistic missiles with Russian assistance while Pakistan's missile programs have had significant help from China and North Korea," said a report plee,sented to the subcommittee. Threats from weapons of mass destruCtion "have grown almiy in the past decade," said the report, naming Iran and Iraq as "major concerns." The Navis modernization budget includes $22 billion for Rsal Year 2000 and $27 billion for 2001 with long term projections at $30. …

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