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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BMD mission demands outstrip fleet's capabilities

USS Vella Gulf (CG-72)Navy officials say the fleet of BMD-capable cruisers and destroyers is far outstripped by unprecedented demand for these shooters.

The Pentagon's "unsustainable" BMD strategy lacks the clarity to accomplish the growing mission, needed to counter threats from nuclear-armed countries like Iran and North Korea, they argue.

Combatant commanders last year requested 44 ships in recent years to meet BMD missions, according to congressional data. In fiscal 2016, that need is expected to jump to 77 ships — a tally more than double the Navy's inventory of BMD-capable ships.

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