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Naval War College Review

Article Title

The Future of Carrier Aviation

Abstract

In early 1992 it had been predicted that the axe would fall on the Navy budget, as on those of the other services, when President Bush unveiled his proposal for the fiscal 1993 (FY 1993) federal budget in his January 1992 State of the Union Address. An announcement that the Navy would be forced to pare down to nine or ten deployable carriers would have surprised no one and would have been consistent with reductions in the Anny and Air Force. Although naval leadership held firm to a "party-line" commitment of twelve carriers, very few staff officers working on the new budget believed that a dozen carriers were realistically affordable.

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