WASHINGTON DC, The United States – The US Navy runs the risk of losing its superiority because it faces difficulties in opposing “the challenges posed by major powers such as China and Russia,” said a report prepared by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis (CSBA).
A new CSBA report considers the prospects of the US Navy in a changing environment and reveals that without the ability to support new missions, aircraft carriers and their aircraft “probably would have followed the path of battleships and left the fleet decades ago.”
The authors of the report have evaluated possible future threats and examined US military strategy as well as the country’s capabilities, warning that if current naval and maritime defense strategies are not transformed, the US fleet would not be able to take advantage of a battle against Chinese or Russian military ships.
The report recommends the modernization of aircraft carrier squadrons (CVWs), which lack “reach, endurance, survivability and specialization to realize the operational concepts needed to defeat the great military powers.”
Analyzing how US and Soviet military capabilities evolved during the Cold War and the post-Cold War period, the authors concluded that while the US “did not face a similar adversary” in the post-Cold War years, the situation currently has changed.
“However, the current configuration of the CVW is not appropriate for the tactics that US naval forces will need to employ against powerful opponents such as China and Russia and regional powers with improved capabilities such as North Korea and Iran,” the report says.
The authors point out that missile defense systems, “including directed energy weapons and short-range interceptors”, which are being developed by the US Department of Defense, will not be sufficient in case of potential launches of Chinese and Russian missiles.
By suggesting different compositions of the naval force, researchers admit that their alternative plan “will be more expensive” than it currently exists, however, it would be necessary to preserve the relevance of the US fleet.