Well, the NRDC was at it again in court. This time, it's no training until 2010 (link goes to my article posted today at Strategypage). The SQS-53s that they have taregted are not going away any time soon. In fact, the last Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will not retire until the 2040s!
This is not the only problem. NRDC has also gone to war against the new SURTASS LFA system, as I discussed at Strategypage about two weeks ago.
The decision isn't really a hard one, folks. Which is more important, making sure our sailors have the best equipment possible and sufficient training to use it in combat, or whales?
For the celebrity people of spoke at NRDC, insufficient practice usually has low risk. They can do re-takes until the director is happy. There are no re-takes in war - the ships that are sunk and the dead sailors are permanent.