Is the "Day of the Aircraft Carrier" Over? James Paulsen; Albert L. St. Clair (Faculty Advisor) Air Command and Staff College 1998 -- The aircraft carrier has answered the nation's call an average of four times a year in response to contingency and limited war operations since World War II; there is no evidence to suspect that this trend will decrease in the foreseeable future.
Winning Wars Quicker, With Less Causualties, and Resulting in a Better State of Peace Liesel A. Golden; Jeffrey Jackson; William S. Harris; Matthew B. Caffrey Jr. (Faculty Advisor) Air Command and Staff College 1998 -- Land-based airpower brings twice as many aircraft, four times the sortie rate and three times the firepower to bear on the enemy compared to carrier-based airpower. We suggest reducing the number of carrier battle groups from 12 to 9 and increasing the number of tactical fighter wings from 20 to 26.