Letters: Fleet Upkeep

Your story on the debate over two replacement aircraft carriers for the Navy ((NATION, April 27)) inaccurately reported my position. The article, quoting an October memorandum, implied that I did not support the two-carrier concept. Such a conclusion is simply not correct.

In the October memorandum to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, I furnished my views on the Navy initiative to accelerate aircraft-carrier acquisition by four years. Looking at the carrier proposal in isolation, I noted that it was fiscally sound, but I suggested that we consider the larger picture, as well as the full spectrum of the Navy's programs, before...

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