While other classes of warships may be dominant in certain mission areas, only the CVN provides the breadth of capabilities, massive magazines, mobility and flexibility required to address the spectrum of conflict. The carrier battle group, with its combination of surface combatants, submarines and aircraft is the most powerful military unit ever created.
If one CVN is good, more are better. Buying the next Ford-class ships in a block will speed up the creation of the 355 ship Navy, allow for an increase in the number of CVNs and reduce the cost of individual ships.
Daniel Gouré, Ph.D., is a vice president at the public-policy research think tank Lexington Institute. Goure has a background in the public sector and U.S. federal government, most recently serving as a member of the 2001 Department of Defense Transition Team. You can follow him on Twitter at @dgoure and the Lexington Institute @LexNextDC. Read his full bio here.