Monday, December 30, 2019

The Pentagon Tried Again To Decommission The Aircraft Carrier USS Harry Truman

The carrier Harry S. Truman, left, and the cruiser Normandy transit the Atlantic Ocean. Truman was again the target of Pentagon budget cuts until the decision was reversed earlier this year. (MC2 Scott Swofford/U.S. Navy)

Defense News: Memo reveals Pentagon again tried to decommission the carrier Truman, cut an air wing

WASHINGTON — Despite causing a political firestorm earlier this year and forcing President Donald Trump to publicly reverse his administration’s position on the matter, the U.S. military again tried to push a plan that would lead to the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman retiring 25 years early and would defund a carrier air wing, according to a White House memo obtained by Defense News.

The plan, which was killed sometime in November during a back-and-forth between the Pentagon and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, was recycled from the 2020 budget submission. At the time, the move was framed as a way to pay for investments in unmanned technologies and long-range hypersonic missiles.

The now-reversed decision to defund the Truman’s refueling lends further insight into the pressures the Navy faces in this budget cycle.

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Update #1: The Pentagon has tried twice this year to mothball one of its aircraft carriers, but it keeps getting shut down (Business Insider)
Update #2: White House Once Again Torpedos Pentagon Plan to Retire Broken USS Truman Early (Sputnik)

WNU editor: The problem is money. Specifically the lack of it. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman is currently deployed to the Middle East .... USS Harry S. Truman starts operations in Middle East as long deployment for USS Abraham Lincoln continues (WTKR).

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