A new book examines the long-term costs of constantly refreshing our warships and fighter jets, and what happens to the ones we get rid of.
The United States spends more on national defense than the next seven-highest spending countries combined, and much of that budget goes toward the quest to be ever-ready for war. Our military is constantly updating infrastructure and technology that falls out of date or into disrepair. The Navy’s 2020 plan to expand its fleet, for instance, would cost $31 billion annually over 29 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (despite the fact that the last fleet engagement for the Navy was in 1944). The annual cost of maintaining and replacing the Department of Defense’s aviation fleet is expected to average $40 billion in the 2030s.
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