Function 050 - National Defense
Stop Building Ford Class Aircraft Carriers
CBO periodically issues a compendium of policy options (called Options for Reducing the Deficit) covering a broad range of issues, as well as separate reports that include options for changing federal tax and spending policies in particular areas. This option appears in one of those publications. The options are derived from many sources and reflect a range of possibilities. For each option, CBO presents an estimate of its effects on the budget but makes no recommendations. Inclusion or exclusion of any particular option does not imply an endorsement or rejection by CBO.
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The Navy's current 30-year shipbuilding plan includes the construction of new aircraft carriers.
Under this option, the Navy would stop building new aircraft carriers after completion of the fourth of its modern Ford class carriers, which lawmakers authorized in 2019 and which is expected to be completed in 2032. Plans to start building the fifth Ford class carrier in 2028 would be canceled, as would the Navy's plans to purchase additional carriers in subsequent years. To estimate the savings for this option, CBO assumed the Navy would purchase that fifth carrier in 2033; if the Navy purchased it in 2032, then the savings would be slightly greater over the 10 years.