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We’ve been reading Winslow Wheeler‘s analysis of military matters even before he wrapped up 30 years’ experience on Capitol Hill, working for both Rs and Ds, as well as the Government Accountability Office, in 2002.

Wheeler begins a three-part series Monday here at Battleland focused on the current state of the U.S. Navy, and the magical nautical thinking he believes its leaders are employing when it comes to future budgets.

Battleland doesn’t always agree with Wheeler, who now hangs his caps at the Project on Government Oversight. But for decades his numbers and insights have had tended to be more fact, and less fudge, than those issued by the government.

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I want to hear why the US Navy must protect all those petroleum-laden ships coming out of the Persian (or Arabian in Navy-speak) Gulf and headed mostly for China via the South China Sea where protection is needed -- from guess who.  This all comes under "protecting the global commons" -- a repetitive Navy rubric mainly intended to support the Navy shipbuilding budget.


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