The article begins by assessing Romney’s plans to increase Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines from two a year to three a year. However, the cost of building these submarines ranges at around $2 billion per submarine. Romney’s campaign accuses the Obama administration of being soft in foreign policy and of weakening the military. The Republican presidential hopeful promises to strengthen the US’s military if elected, which includes expansion in military development and increasing defense spending. One of his primary concerns is, what he believes, is a decline in the US naval power, which has become increasingly relevant with the rise of tension in Asia. Critics of Romney’s plans for military expansion are skeptical because they believe he emphasizes quantity over quality, more ships instead of better ships. Additionally, his general resistance in raising taxes indicates he would increase federal budget cuts to afford boosting defense capabilities.

Romney’s intentions to revitalize the military is reminiscent of Reagan during the Cold War, during which military build-up was used to flex muscles at international threats as a means of deterrence. However, the US no longer has a genuine military competitor and is the strongest and most capable force in the world. Building-up the military might provoke other countries, like China or Iran, to react similarly if they think the US may pose a threat to their interests. -WD

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/us/politics/romney-plan-for-more-military-ships-is-called-unrealistic.html?pagewanted=1&partner=rss&emc=rss