Follow The Money: Why Romney Wants A Bigger Navy

The Fifth Column

It’s all about the dastardly Military Industrial Complex  President Eisenhower warned Americans about fifty-one years ago…

Think Progress

The airwaves of three key battleground states — FloridaVirginia, and New Hampshire — were hit this morning with advertisements from the Romney campaign about the size of the American navy. “Our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917,” Romney warns in the radio spots. A narrator adds, “As commander in chief, Mitt Romney… will invest in our military.”

Expanding the Navy has become a theme of the campaign; during Monday’s debate Romney used the same line, and Obama responded with a now-famous zinger about “horses and bayonets.” But new information discovered by Wired casts a new light on Romney’s push to beef up ship building: One of his top military advisers is in the ship building business.

John Lehman was Secretary of the…

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