JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - We're hearing from one of your local representatives about how proposed cuts to the military could affect Northeast Florida.
"We'll look at what [President Obama] has to say but I can tell you with confidence what we end up doing is not going to be a direct reflection of what he has proposed," Congressman Ander Crenshaw tells Jacksonville's Morning News.
Crenshaw says the world isn't getting any smaller or safer, so this isn't the time to be making deep cuts to America's armed forces.
One of those cuts? The proposed drawdown on production of littoral combat ships, which are replacing the old Navy frigates. Crenshaw says the fleet would be at its smallest since World War I.
"And these littoral combat ships, all of those on the East Coast will be homeported at Mayport and they're the key to the Navy's future.
He says cuts like reducing production on littoral combat ships will likely prolong the delay on Jacksonville getting a nuclear carrier.
"The good news is the Navy hasn't changed its mind. It's still part of their strategic dispersal strategy."
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel also wants another round of Base Realignment and Closure. Crenshaw's response?
"That's going to fall on deaf ears."