September 30, 2013
Credit: Chris Oxley/Newport News Shipbuilding
By the time the backlog of U.S. Navy aircraft maintenance work created by this year's federal budget impasse is carried out and the service has bounced back to a “normal” level, the 2018 Winter Olympics could be in full swing and a new U.S. president will be facing his or her first midterm elections.
Five years is how long it will take the Navy to recover from the backlog that accumulates by the end of fiscal 2014, according to the chief of naval operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert. And that assumes the best-case scenario that there is no significant government shutdown this year, that Congress finds a way to keep sequestration from happening again, and, of course, that there are no new wars in the interim.