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Kingston keeping eye on aging submarines

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POSTED: September 24, 2013 10:00 a.m.

A good many members of Congress seem to be perfectly content to just sit back and watch the nation’s defenses, both domestic and abroad, walk a netless, high-wire tightrope. There is no other way to explain why they continue to let something called “sequestration” continue to blindly whack away at defense programs, military personnel and other vitally important costs. …
(A Navy) study points out that the nation’s nuclear submarines are approaching their age limit, yet little effort is being made to actually prepare for their replacement.
These nuclear attack submarines are expensive to build, for sure — about $5.4 billion each, the Navy estimates, after an initial cost of $12 billion. But they are necessary. They are crucial to our defense and critical to our survival as Americans.
Their capability of hiding anywhere in any ocean at any time is the nation’s insurance that a foreign aggressor will think long and hard before launching a strike on these 50 states. Their very presence is a deterrent, a virtual guarantee of peace.
Other branches of the military are experiencing painful cuts and reductions, as well as all federal agencies, including those that form our shield at home against repeated acts of terrorism.
Our military must remain strong and ready to oppose a threat to U.S. security on foreign soil at any time — our Homeland Security forces must remain fully staffed at home and ready to counter plans by terrorists to kill more innocent civilians at a moment’s notice.
An aide to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston says the Savannah Republican is keeping an eye on this.
We believe it. As much as some and more than many others in the two chambers of Congress, Rep. Kingston knows his history. He knows what a nation leaves itself open and exposed to when it begins toying with its defenses and lowering its guard.
Rest assured, he will be watching.

 

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