Great Green Fleet lowers worry about defense budget cuts

Taking threats seriously about the security implications of automatic spending cuts would be easier if US military leaders always acted serious about security. They don’t seem serious when they push boondoggles such as the Navy’s Great Green Fleet. The sequester lowers defense spending by $454 billion over 10 years. Opponents worry about the consequences for national defense. Their concern is proper. But last summer’s demonstration of the Great Green Fleet demonstrated mainly that defense budgets have too much fat. Other branches of the military have programs to use renewable energy in place of oil and natural gas. The Navy’s is just the showiest. The generals and admirals say their initi...

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