Do We Still Need A Great White Fleet?

After 17 US sailors died when two Navy destroyers collided with civilian cargo ships in the Pacific Ocean, voices within the military and Republican Party placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of service members and warned Americans to stop cutting the Pentagon’s budget. A new report in ProPublica calls this narrative into question, while a more critical examination of what really caused the accidents forces us to reconsider why we have so many ships and personnel deployed around the world in the first place.