High and Dry

Not enough fuel for the fleet

To beef up the Navy, the Reagan Administration has almost doubled the money spent on building new ships and warplanes hi the past three years. Yet if war broke out, the Navy would still not be able to send to sea enough carriers or air wings to fight effectively, according to a study released last week by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

Traditionally, Congress and the Pentagon like to build showy weapons systems but tend to skimp on less glamorous things. The Administration has...

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