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Using aircraft carriers as tethered goats?

Here’s a novel argument: Using today’s carriers as intentionally big fat targets. "Washington might try to use carriers for deterrence despite or even because of their vulnerability. The purpose would be to signal America’s willingness to raise the stakes." You see, the vulnerability of 1960s-style carriers is one of their strengths. Right? Sign up to ...

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Here’s a novel argument: Using today’s carriers as intentionally big fat targets. "Washington might try to use carriers for deterrence despite or even because of their vulnerability. The purpose would be to signal America’s willingness to raise the stakes."

You see, the vulnerability of 1960s-style carriers is one of their strengths. Right? Sign up to be a crew member right here.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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