The Diplomat: U.S. May Cut Missile Defenses

19.10.11

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USS Bunker Hill. Navy photo.

USS Bunker Hill. Navy photo.

by DAVID AXE

Budget reductions have forced the U.S. Navy to consider reducing the number of surface warships. The cuts could include vessels devoted to missile defense – once a sacrosanct mission for the world’s most powerful navy.

Navy planners have drafted an alternative five-year budget that could go into effect if President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress decide to seek further spending reductions on top of the $40-billion-a-year savings agreed upon earlier this year.

The alternative plan would decommission nine 1980s vintage Ticonderoga-class cruisers from the current force of 22. The cuts would take effect in 2013 and 2014. With their 35-year service lives, the cruisers were originally planned to leave active service sometime in the 2020s.

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