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.”