Large-deck, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the signature expression of U.S. military power. However, many pundits seem to think they are becoming more vulnerable to disabling attacks. In fact, the opposite is probably true. Carriers are always moving, they have unlimited range, their air wings can destroy attackers before they get near, their defensive sensors are netted, they always deploy with escorts, they have extensive passive and active defenses, and they are continuously being improved. So it is much safer to be on a carrier today than it was during the Cold War. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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