The Navy's new top officer has no shortage of challenges to confront.
Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations since September, is at the helm at a time when demand for his force is peaking, but the resources to fund it are shrinking.
Deployments in recent years have stretched to nearly The Navy is wrangling down deployment lengths that had stretched to almost 11 months. That's worsened a maintenance backlog and any sense of normalcy sailors and their families had hoped for after years of high optempo.That's a lot of wear and tear on ships and sailors. The fleet was also struggling to dig itself out of a maintenance backlog that threatened to disrupt any remaining sense of normalcy about deployments for sailors and their families.
The Navy must make the case for buying Budget pressure makes it unclear how the service will The compressed budget also presents serious questions about how the service is going to pay for tens of billions of dollars-worth of new ballistic missile submarines, while still purchasing new fighters jets and warships -- not to mention attack submarine which are also growing in importance.