No matter how well trained America’s military is, it can’t win overseas wars unless it has a way of getting to the fight. Troops can be flown to war zones, but equipment and supplies need to go mainly by sea. The U.S. Navy, working with the Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration, has assembled a dedicated fleet of roll-on/roll-off carriers plus other specialized vessels for moving materiel forward. It also has 15 vessels prepositioned near possible war zones. But the fleet aging, and recapitalization needs to begin soon if there is to be sufficient sealift to get forces to the fight in a timely fashion during future emergencies. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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