Reality Check

TWELVE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS are needed for the nation's defense, says the Clinton Administration. So Congress approved $3.6 billion in the fiscal 1995 budget to finish construction of a nuclear-powered carrier at Tenneco's Newport News (Va.) shipyard. With fewer U.S. bases abroad, 12 carrier battle groups are necessary to help deter America's enemies, it's said. The Navy says it may need to fight two major regional wars nearly simultaneously.

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