….the percentage of Navy ships rated as satisfactory by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). “The rate of less-than-satisfactory ships has remained relatively constant, in the 82 to 86% range satisfactory,” Rear Adm. Robert Wray, INSURV president, tells Defense News. “That means about one out of seven or six ships is less than satisfactory. It’s either degraded or unsat.”
I'm perplexed: Then where does all the U.S. Defense spending go (claimed to be “as much as half of the World's remaining Defense expenditures together”) ? Only into PROTOTYPES (“Ramp;D”), not into the maintenance of mass-produced weapons and means of transport?
Does the Pentagon perhaps need EVEN MORE money to maintain its inventory normally, so that every industrial product has the same, stipulated lifespan?