The Effects of the Naval Budget Cuts Essay

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The United States of America has been involved in many different conflicts, foreign and domestic, popular and unpopular, spanning across four centuries and all corners of the globe. From the warm coastal waters of the American homeland to the atolls of the Pacific, from the winding inland rivers of Vietnam to the chokepoint at the Strait of Hormuz, American sailors have valiantly stood up to defend America’s interests at home and abroad. The Navy has had to continuously update its vessels and technologies in order to keep up with the rapidly changing times, and ensure we not only stay competitive with but surpass the foreign competition. No other period in history has undergone the swift technological evolution that our troops experience…show more content…
This plan failed, however, as lawmakers were not able to come up with a bipartisan solution. After both parties failed to come up with a solution that would satisfy both parties, automatic budget cuts then came into effect. These automatic cuts called for a $109 billion to be cut annual. The weight of the cuts would be spread equally throughout the U.S. Government, being carried by both military and nonmilitary departments alike, meaning that the budget cuts to the military alone would total $55 billion annually each fiscal year. It is through these cuts that the Navy will have to operate on into the foreseeable future. As the budget cuts continue on into the future, the readiness of our sailors and ships are increasingly being put in jeopardy. The human aspect of the military is the foundation of everything we do, and without that vital part in the proverbial pyramid of defense, everything else is meaningless. The technology of the times is only as effective as the human element supporting it. Without the vital human aspect, all of the newest technology may as well be a useless pile of junk. Despite the importance of maintaining a strong human aspect, if we allow our Navy’s ships to fall into disrepair, not even the best sailors in the world could operate effectively. The most devastating effects of budget slashing will be felt the most by our hardworking sailors themselves. Although the Chief of Naval Operations has stated that military manpower will be
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