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Closing Comment

In seeking to prepare now for the future, the Navy must assume that its budgets will at best remain nearly flat in constant-dollar terms. Thus, in order to free resources to fund essential modernization requirements, the Navy should aggressively seek to significantly reduce the cost of infrastructure operations, because closing additional bases is an option that the Congress will not support at this juncture. Failure to act quickly and comprehensively will most likely result in an inability to acquire sufficient combat platforms, weapons, and supporting systems to maintain the current force structure and keep the Navy preeminent in the future.

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