Amid Pacific naval arms race, US defense chief calls for increased funding for ships

Defense News: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today announced billions in new funding for U.S. Navy shipbuilding after a major review of its force structure – but it is unclear where that funding will come from.

In a speech delivered at the RAND Corporation Tuesday, Esper called for a Navy of “over 350 ships,” specifically by increasing the Navy’s shipbuilding funding account.

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