The Navy’s current Ohio-class subs, above, are set be replaced by new ballistic missile submarines. But the price tag for the new subs is so high — an estimated $5.4 billion per vessel — that building them could eat up funds for other ships.
Further, he argued that because the Ohio-class replacement program is a strategic asset, like sealift and ballistic missile defenses, it should be removed from the shipbuilding budget and funded through the Pentagon separately.
But Adams said the Navy will have a tougher time selling its plans to appropriators and other lawmakers.
“How many [ballistic missile submarines] do you need in a post-nuclear era with incredible superiority?” Adams said. “It’s almost not worth discussing the merits because this is budgetary hand-to-hand combat. Everybody is pitching the best they can to win the Pentagon budget wars. The rubber hits the road right now.”
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.