Middle East Notes and Comment: Brother, Can You Spare a Carrier?
Nov 19, 2012
An aircraft carrier is a scarce resource. The United States has eleven carriers in its entire fleet, and only about half can deploy at any given time. According to the website globalsecurity.org, five U.S. carriers are currently at sea, and two of them are currently off the coast of Iran. That’s a lot of firepower directed toward one target, especially when few expect U.S. tensions with Iran to vanish—or even diminish—any time soon.ProgramsMiddle East Notes and Comment, Middle East Notes and Comment: 2012, Middle East Notes and Comment: Gulf States, Middle East Notes and Comment: Iran, Middle East Notes and Comment: Regional Trends and Developments, Middle East Program, Security Challenges and U.S. Strategy, Security Challenges in the Gulf
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Jon B. Alterman