The aircraft carrier inventory question has always been up for debate, but it has largely centered on the number of hulls and not the physical size of each carrier. In an age of shrinking defense budgets, smaller wars, and the Pacific Pivot, the U.S. should ditch its supercarrier-only policy and build smaller, less expensive aircraft carriers.
Interesting discussion. My general take is that in military matters, it’s okay to hope for the best, but the bottom line is that you have to prepare for the worst.
And that includes aircraft carriers and their air fleets.