Weighing the US Navy

  title={Weighing the US Navy},
  author={David T. Burbach and Marc Devore and Harvey M. Sapolsky and Stephen Van Evera},
  journal={Defense Analysis},
  pages={259 - 265}
100 billion dollars a year, a  eet of over 250 combatants, and a large army, air force, and strategic missile force of its own, the US Navy clearly has considerable combat potential. The question remains: what is the appropriate way to measure its power? Are traditional measures still valid or does the US Navy require a different standard to evaluate its combat utility? Tonnage has long been a common, although imperfect, measure of naval power. Great decisions on the sizing of  eets have been… 
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