The Defense Department's recently released Quadrennial Defense Review will
vector the Navy toward the development of new skills and critical missions. The
QDR calls for the Navy to have a greater presence in the Pacific Ocean,
consistent with the global shift of trade and transport.
Accordingly, the report says the Navy will maintain at least six operationally
available and sustainable carriers and 60 percent of its submarines in the
Pacific to support engagement, presence and deterrence missions.
Other maritime decisions made by the QDR include:
1.- Building a larger fleet that includes 11 Carrier Strike Groups, balance the
need to transform and recapitalize the fleet, improve affordability and provide
stability for the shipbuilding industry.
2.- Accelerating procurement of Littoral Combat Ships to provide power
projection capabilities in littoral waters.
3.- Procuring the first eight ships of the Maritime Pre-Position Force (Future)
to improve the Department's ability to operate in restricted access
4.- Returning to a steady-state production rate of two attack submarines per
year not later than 2012 while achieving an average per-hull procurement cost
objective of $2.0 billion.
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