Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., said Jan. 12 that Congress and the House Armed Services Committee needs to use the Navy’s force structure assessment for 2016 as a baseline target.
“I think that this year’s force structure assessment is … very accurate,” he said. “It takes the demand signal from the co-coms [combatant commanders], it looks at that in context of what’s happening around the world and what we can realistically do and achieve, and it says the Navy should be at 355 ships.”
Wittman said he was “confident” that the goal could be met by working with the Navy and the industrial base.