“The Navy League hosted a panel discussion last week centered around its newest Maritime Policy Statement, produced every other year to outline the Navy League’s legislative agenda. Keynote speaker Bob Work, a former deputy secretary of defense and undersecretary of the Navy, praised the report for concentrating on policy instead of the nitty gritty details of ship counts, which he called a ‘numbers game.’

“Work, who is also the chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute, said a fleet of 355 ships, which is what the report is based on, is ‘now the law of the land’ but that ‘whether you count unmanned ships [in sizing the fleet] is very important…'”

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