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Sharpening the Spear: Report Release on the Future of the Aircraft Carrier with remarks from Rep. Randy Forbes

The aircraft carrier has served as the lynchpin of American naval power for eight decades. However, given their cost and mounting Anti-Access/Area Denial threats, many observers have questioned whether it is worthwhile to continue to build large, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. In a new report, Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower provides a comprehensive analysis of the future of the aircraft carrier. Sharpening the Spear: The Carrier, the Joint Force, and High-End Conflict examines the role of Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) in high-end conflict, identifying capabilities and vulnerabilities, and offering innovative recommendations for policymakers and military strategists in terms of concepts, capabilities, and capacities. The report concludes that while many criticisms of the platform have merit, the unmatched flexibility and adaptability of the aircraft carrier will continue to make it a critical Navy contribution to joint U.S. warfighting capabilities.

On October 8th, Hudson released the report at an event in the Rayburn House Office Building. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) gave keynote remarks on the role of the carrier in future warfighting. Bryan McGrath, deputy director of the Center for American Seapower, gave an overview of the report’s key insights, and Seth Cropsey, director of the Center for American Seapower, moderated a panel on the importance of the carrier in American military strategy. The panel featured Ronald O’Rourke, specialist in national defense at the Congressional Research Service; Robert Martinage, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Timothy A. Walton, co-author of the report and principal at Alios Consulting Group.

Click here to view Bryan McGrath’s and Timothy Walton’s PowerPoint slides.

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) Keynote Speaker

U.S. Representative for Virginia

Seth Cropsey Moderator

Senior Fellow & Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute

Bryan McGrath Featured Speaker

Adjunct Fellow & Deputy Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute

Timothy A. Walton Panelist

Principal, Alios Consulting Group

Ronald O’Rourke Panelist

Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service

Robert Martinage Panelist

Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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