Sneak Attack

The carrier battle goes on

In the battle to build aircraft carriers, the Navy seems to live by the credo "You win some, you try to win some more." In 1983 Congress provided funds to lay the hulls for two new carriers; three years later Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger remained so grateful that he promised not to seek money for more flattops until 1992. But at the urging of former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, Weinberger is already fighting for funds to begin construction of two more carriers. The Secretary's turnabout has legislators fuming, and Congress seems in a mood to repulse the new offensive.


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