Officials are warning this can’t keep up indefinitely. Asked at an April 16 speech whether these mounting demands were allowing crews enough time at home and giving ships the opportunities for needed maintenance, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert replied: “If we continue through, if you will, the [future years defense program], the next five years, at the pace we are at today, the answer to your question is no, we can’t run at that rate. “We’ve made that point very clear,” he continued, during his question-and-answer session before hundreds of contractors and naval officers at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space symposium outside Washington, D.C. CNO: Stressed fleet can’t sustain op tempo - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times As everyone knows the problems associated with two very long wars that have stressed the US Military to a point where its operational capability is now being called into question is now beyond debate. With an ever increasing number of young soldiers, sailors, and marines under stress to the point where some tragically take steps to end their own lives. It is time we as a nation take a step back and focus on defending this nation and the health and welfare of our young warriors, and the much needed upgrades to the tools needed to carry out future missions. We have expended over a Trillion dollars in the above two endevours at great expense and with little in return depending on who you listen to, and with ever more pressing issues in the world both economically and defense wise. The prudent path would be for any Administration be it this one or the next one, to take under consideration the real needs of the warriors and their families, bring those much honored and very pressed young people whom we are all thankful for a well deserved rest. Use that time to refocus Defense in a smart way towards the needs of this nation.