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U.S. Military Forces in FY 2022: Navy

This paper is part of U.S. Military Forces in FY 2022. There is bipartisan support to expand the Navy, but limited budgets and early retirements—“divesting to invest”—make achieving that goal difficult. The Biden administration’s emerging fleet plan incorporates smaller ships and large numbers of unmanned systems, as proposed by many strategists, but high costs, production limitations, and congressional opposition may prevent full implementation.

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Mark Cancian, "U.S. Military Forces in FY 2022: Navy," Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2, 2021, last modified November 2, 2021,