August 8, 2005
New CNO orders shipbuilding report
Newly installed Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, has reportedly fired off a batch of memos demanding studies on 10 critical areas of navy activity.
According to a report by Robert A. Hamilton, who covers Navy, defense and related topics for The Day, New London, CT, Mullen "wants a study of shipbuilding that could lead to more stable funding and a firm force-structure plan in an industry that has been beleaguered by uncertainty for several years."
Hamilton writes that the one-page memo establishes seven goals for the shipbuilding review, starting with a plan for " 'fencing' a particular amount of the (Navy budget) on an annual basis to form a steady foundation of funding to stabilize the Industrial Base."
Another irritant for Congress has been the Navy's apparent inability to come up with a firm number of ships for the future Navy.