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Josh Barro

Does the Navy Need Fleet Week?

The military, facing 10-percent spending cuts across most programs, has canceled a public events including New York Fleet Week. It’s not a surprising cut; Fleet Week is a nice-to-have celebration, not a core function. 

Flight delays aren't the only high-profile problem created by budget sequestration. The military, facing mandatory spending cuts of 10 percent across most programs, has canceled several public events including New York Fleet Week, scheduled for May 23 to 30.

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The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. Photographer: Gabriel R. Piper/U.S. Navy via Getty Images