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Tools for Enhancing Your Mature Aircraft Carrier

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SSZ airship aboard HMS Furious 1918 IWM Q 20640.jpg
“SSZ airship aboard HMS Furious 1918 IWM Q 20640” by Ernest Brooks – This is photograph Q 20640 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. . Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

My latest at the National Interest takes a look at ways to make aircraft carriers more effective:

In short, aircraft carriers are composite systems of warfare that can increase rapidly in lethality as their components improve. While the USN (and the other carrier fleets of the world) will likely never achieve the leaps forward in lethality that the inter-war navies experienced, it can still expect that its carrier fleet will grow in effectiveness over time. The USN can increase the effectiveness of its carriers in one of three ways: increase their offensive striking power, tighten their defense, or (perhaps most difficult) bring their procurement costs into line. In this context, here are five developments that could increase the lethality of the USN’s aircraft carrier fleet:

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