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The Navy’s new “divest to invest” plan aims to alleviate budget challenges by reallocating funds. But that plan does not guarantee the Navy will save money, according to Seth Cropsey, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former deputy under secretary of the Navy.

  • Cropsey said the strategy, which involves divesting mostly of large surface combatants in about five years and then investing in more numerous smaller ships, increases the possibility of an attack from China if not executed on time.
  • If the Navy decommissions the old ships before the new ones are ready, the United States is “inviting challenges,” including the potential for China to invade Taiwan, said Cropsey.
  • Cropsey said the Navy should slow down the decommissioning and add combat power to the remaining ships through more vertical launch system cells.
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