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Jun 04

Recapitalizing Naval Aviation: Current and Future Challenges

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

While shipbuilding challenges have often dominated the Navy budget debate in Congress, the naval aviation fleet is aging rapidly and requires significant recapitalization.  Given the focus of Navy Department leadership on stabilizing the shipbuilding account in pursuing its goal of a 313-ship fleet, what challenges do the Navy and Marine Corps face in trying to recapitalize their entire collective inventory of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft?  Are the right steps being taken now to prevent a severe aircraft shortfall in the next decade?

More About the Speakers

Featuring a Panel Discussion with:

Bill Balderson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Air,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Rear Admiral Bruce Clingan
Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88),
United States Navy

Christopher Griffin
Research Fellow,
American Enterprise Institute

Eric Labs, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons,
Congressional Budget Office

Brigadier General Robert Walsh
Deputy Assistant Commandant for Aviation,
United States Marine Corps

Moderated by:
Mackenzie Eaglen
Senior Policy Analyst for National Security,
The Heritage Foundation