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The Future of Surface Warfare Lethality

This event will be held at the Capitol Visitor Center.

As the U.S. turns its attention westward with the pivot to Asia, there is growing concern about whether the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet possesses sufficient lethality to meet the range of threats posed by a rising China. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, has openly questioned whether the U.S. Navy is “out-sticked” by Chinese counterparts who field anti-ship missiles with ranges far in excess of those on U.S. ships. The purchase of littoral combat ships, truncated at 32 ships due in part to the Secretary of Defense’s concern about sufficient lethality, demonstrates the increasing attention to surface warfare capacity.

On Friday, July 25th, Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower will host a panel on the state of U.S. Surface Force lethality across several warfighting domains and panelists will reflect on the direction of Surface Force lethality as demonstrated in the Navy’s FY15 budget submission.

Seth Cropsey, former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy, will discuss land attack. Bryan Clark, former Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations, will speak on anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare. Bryan McGrath, a national security consultant and retired Naval Officer, will comment on integrated air and missile defense.

Lunch will be provided.

Please note that this event will be held at the Capitol Visitor Center in room HVC 201. Register by Tuesday, July 22nd at noon to attend this event.


Seth Cropsey Moderator

Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute

Bryan Clark Panelist

Senior Fellow, Center for Budgetary and Strategic Assessments

Bryan McGrath Panelist

Assistant Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute


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