Let us imagine
a floating city that houses a population of roughly 6000 individuals.
Let us imagine the costs to provide electricity to these 6000 individuals
is roughly identical to that of providing electricity to a small
city which populates 100,000. Let us further imagine paying these
6000 individuals to live on this floating city as well as paying
any costs to support and maintain their stay. Finally, let us reveal
this floating paradise for what it truly is: a colossal apparatus
of butchery that costs the taxpayer billions in annual dollars!
of this article is to fry but a small fish in a vast pond of governmental
Those who typically
support the construction and operation of the aircraft carrier employ
the following argument "the navy's ability to carry out the
U.S. military strategies is highly dependent on its ability to supply
tactical air power at sea…" (see David Isenberg: The
Illusion of Power), yet at what cost? It is estimated
that a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier costs, on average,
$22 billion dollars each (see below), of which we currently harbor
ten — with an additional three in the pipeline of procurement.
Costs — $4.5 billion
Overhaul Costs — $2.3 billion
and Support Costs — $14 billion
Costs — $1 billion
Average Cost — $22 billion each
estimated in life-cycle costs of 1997 dollars)
costs outlined above do not fully inform the taxpayer of actual
overheads. Like the forty-five carat Hope Diamond, these expensive
naval ships spend more time being secured than actually employed.
According to defense analyst Edward N. Luttwak, it is estimated
"that more than $6 billion worth of ships, as well as salaries,
benefits, and pensions for 8,000 people are needed to keep a carrier-based
air wing of 90 planes at sea (Pentagon
and the Art of War)."
from their expensive nature what benefits are gained from the procurement
of such expensive vessels? For example, if the U.S. operated under
the banner of neutrality, whereas military expenditures were dedicated
only to the cause of protection, would such expensive acquisitions
be condoned? Indeed, if oceans
were privatized would we see such expensive acquisitions? The answer
within such a political environment as we have today is likely no.
In all, these large war devices have no place outside an aggressive
is no threat aside from continued tax theft!
At an annual
budget of roughly $650+ billion
dollars, the United States spends as much on its military per
year as the top 21 competing nations. Or in other language, at the
rank of number one for military expenditures the U.S. outspends
ranks 2–21 combined per year on their military (see below).
Rep. of China
of China (Taiwan)
at an annual operating and supporting cost of roughly $300
million dollars per carrier, the United States spends more per
year on their 10 aircraft carriers than most countries spend on
their entire military budget!
this country can begin to realize the temperament of domestic security
it must first be stripped of such aggressive and cumbersome armament.
Let these bulky naval bodies be pawned off to carnival cruise lines
or salvaged for it materials. Let this be the end of the era of
large navy ships.
Dyke [send him mail]
is a math teacher who hails free markets and freedom of choice.