October 19, 2012
The lead editorial in today’s Washington Post cites Heritage Foundation defense expert James Carafano:
What would Mr. Romney’s added money buy? He says he would reverse the 100,000 cut in military personnel Mr. Obama is planning, which would take the Army and Marines back to where they were in 2001. He would increase Navy shipbuilding from nine to 15 vessels annually, and he would invest more in missile defense. James Jay Carafano, a defense expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, calculates that by meeting the 4 percent target Mr. Romney could increase the Navy to the 346 ships recommended by a bipartisan, congressionally appointed panel that reviewed the Pentagon’s 2010 plan — compared to 263 ships under Mr. Obama’s budget.