The United States is a global military power. The effectiveness and credibility of that power rests on the ability to reliably move equipment and supplies by sea from U.S. ports to distant parts of the world. The overwhelming majority of U.S. military equipment and supplies is moved by ship. This material is transported by a combination of the government-owned organic sealift fleet and commercial vessels on contract. However, these fleets have been declining in numbers for decades. Much of what remains requires modernization to be relevant. The Nation must pursue all available approaches to ensure that it has sufficient sealift, both organic and privately-owned and operated, to support future military operations abroad. I have written about options for revitalizing America’s sealift capability here.
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