Mark Esper said that the U.S. Navy would not have enough 355 warships to effectively deter Russia and China at sea, needs a larger fleet.
“There will be more small warships in the future… And it seems to me that we need more submarines,” the Pentagon head added in an interview with journalist Hugh Hewitt. According to him, the U.S. military’s current efforts are aimed at “deterring China and, if necessary, fighting and defeating China. He also said he considers the U.S. Navy to be the best in the world, but it needs to be further developed to “deal with maritime powers almost comparable to us, such as China or Russia.
The non-profit research center RAND, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, has prepared a report that looks at the scenario of military conflicts in the next ten years.