Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the Navy leadership's appearance before the Armed Services Committee:
"I was pleased to have Secretary Mabus, Admiral Greenert and General Amos appear before the Committee today to discuss the President's FY 2014 budget request. Following a decade of intensive ground combat, in which our military has performed with incredible bravery and skill, I believewe are entering a new era characterized by an increased role for American Seapower.
I raised with Admiral Greenert my concerns about the planned composition of the Carrier Air Wing (CVW), which has become disproportionately reliant on short-range aircraft for sea-control and power projection missions. American forces are increasingly challenged by anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) environments that require an Air Wing with a combination of extended range, persistence, stealth, payload, and electronic warfare capabilities. In this security environment, I believe it is incumbent upon the leadership of all our military services to ask difficult questions about the suitability of our existing and planned weapons systems to ensure that they meet the challenges of the coming decades."