Originally Posted by Amnorix
1916 or whatever year Romney used was his reference, right? Not ours.
In 1989 we were coming off a worldwide military arms-race with a superpower who was trying to match us in every type of military firepower you could name, right? Is that happening in 2012? If so I missed it. China's deep water navy is a joke at the moment.
WHAT exactly are worried about here?
You continue to cover ground that I've already covered so I'm only going to address the bolded part. We don't plan for a navy to counter the threat of today, we plan it to counter the threat of tomorrow. China is working hard to expand it's deep water capability. If we wait until China actually has a significant deep water navy, it will be too late to react.
I don't know what the right number of ships is, but I think we should defer to the Navy and it's assessment of the threat without putting external budgetary pressure on them as a result of the lack of will to get other parts of the budget under control.