ACIBC Fact Sheets

"The impact of a new carrier is global, for no other ship represents to the world the
power of the
United States."

— Donald C. Winter
Secretary of the Navy
January 10, 2009

As the United States seeks ways to stretch its defense dollars, pursue the fight against terrorism and meet other national-security challenges, policymakers will increasingly rely on aircraft carriers, using them more often and in more situations than they have in the past, especially as new capabilities are incorporated into vessels.