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>> A great rebuilding of the United States Military and the United States Navy.>> It's the centerpiece of President Donald Trump's vision of a mightier U.S. Military. Building up the Navy from 275 ships to 350, projecting American power to deal with Russia and China. But Trump's vision faces daunting obstacles, not the least a $700 billion price tag and the need to find and train tens of thousands of skilled workers to build the ships.
Defense reporter Mike Stone says right now the industry's capacity isn't anywhere near what would be needed to hit Trump's goal.>> That means more destroyers, more frigits. Beyond that an increase in the number of attack submarines. The plan is realistic if you have infinite amount of money and infinite amount of time.
If you pretend that Congress can get the money. If you pretend that the shipyards have the money and can move forward with the building program, then what you end up with is problems with getting labor hired and trained fast enough to meet the goals of the plan.>> The two largest US shipbuilders, General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls told Reuters they needed to hire 6,000 workers this year just to meet current orders.
Training key people such as ship welders can take five to seven years and they are already in such short supply that some are making $300,000 per year, and more skilled workers are retiring than entering the market.>> If you step back and think about the difference between the 1970s and the 1980s which is the last time we had a big ship buildup in the United States.
The blue collar work force was very much in place and very strong. Unions were super strong. That is not the case today. The shipyards are excited but they can't commit and they can't do anything until there's an order. It's just bad business.>> Trump's new budget asks Congress for an extra $54 billion for the military, but the chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, Senator John McCain is already warning Trump, this is not a blank check.