Enterprise is now scheduled to be retired early, in 2013.
Oh, one last thing from the interview. A little love for the ‘ole USN.
He is the secretary of defense; he has to pick his fights. At one point in our interview, he noted that he’s not proposing to cut the number of aircraft carriers. When I asked why not, he replied, “I may be bold, but I’m not crazy.”
OK, maybe not a heart-felt love – maybe closer to fear; but I’ll take it.