The distinguished author of the new bestselling book, Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to Do About It, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Seth Cropsey, speaks out about the situation in North Korea. In his new book, he exposes how years of underfunding has left our nation’s most strategic arm of defense - American naval power - smaller today than any point since before World War I.
Cropsey says, “We had two collisions this summer between U.S. Navy ballistic missile defense-equipped destroyers and merchant ships. Replacements for those two ships are necessary. Replacing is far more difficult with the smaller fleet that seablindness has produced. Also, if hostilities were to occur, the U.S. would be very hard-pressed to conduct sustained combat operations against North Korea without pulling ships from other hotspots around the world. And other potential adversaries could well see an opportunity if we were removing ships from, for example, the Arabian Gulf or the East Mediterranean to answer the demand off the coast of N. Korea. If this happened, Iran and ISIS would be delighted.”