– Heritage Foundation – A strong Navy has been a bedrock of U.S. national security, as well as an assurance of American prosperity through secure trade. To ensure that this remains the case, the nation urgently needs to build, train, and sustain a Navy that can effectively compete in peacetime and win in war. Several years of scandals and dwindling preparedness have reduced the Navy’s effectiveness. The challenges confronting the nation from China and Russia are intensifying. If the Navy is left unreformed, these are challenges that the Navy will struggle to meet.