The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser Vicksburg undergoes scheduled maintenance. (MC3 Brandon Roberson/U.S. Navy)

Defense News: Congress is building a stronger fleet than the Navy 

Last Thursday, the House voted on a final National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2023 that secures the future of our naval fleet for another year.

Fortunately, Congress improved the Navy’s FY23 inadequate shipbuilding plan in critical ways: We rejected the Navy’s ship construction plans, their decommissioning schedules, force structure proposals and overarching threat assumptions. 

While the ink dries on the FY23 NDAA, it is prudent for the Pentagon and Congress to be clear on the final outcomes of this cycle. 

If the Navy refuses to learn lessons from this year, it will be doomed to repeat them.  

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Update #1: How many ships? Lawmakers set to establish independent commission to study Navy’s structure (Breaking Defense)

Update #2: Bill Defining Navy’s Role Pave’s Way for Bigger Budgets, Says Author Rep. Gallagher (USNI News)  

WNU Editor: If I am an Admiral and Congress wants to give more money. I say take the money and run.