Navy carriers are fast, flexible and powerful; but they are expensive and potentially vulnerable to the latest missiles. Experts both inside and outside the Navy have begun to question whether the U.S., which has the largest carrier fleet in the world by far, can continue to afford the building and maintenance of such a large number of carrier strike groups. There also is the possibility of directing money toward possible game-changing technologies would be a wiser play. “It’s a lot of eggs in one basket,” one expert says. Though most naval experts say that it’s too soon to write the epitaph for the most dominant warship of the century, Congress will continue to grapple with the future role of carriers. Come with CQ Roll Call, which has been covering the politics of legislation since 1945, and take closer look at the issue.