According to Tony Munoz, Editor of Maritime Executive, in a Feb 27, 2013 editorial,"As the administration and Congress continue to batter the American psyche with doomsday terms like “debt ceiling,” “fiscal cliff” and “sequestration,” the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been busy behind the scenes dismantling the U.S. Merchant Marine. The article states that the intent of the admin is on ending USMM operations. He talks about increased Jone's Act waivers, and decreased cargo preference shipments of food aid from 75% to 50%. Mr. Munoz wrote, "Now it intends to write the final chapter of the USMM with the scribble of a pen on another backroom deal." *Note: Please excuse me if I posted this in error. I am new to to board. My DS who is desirous of both the USMMA and USNA asked me to subscribe to the magazine and I just saw this article and posted it. I do not render an opinion. I have not a clue of the Merchant Marine operations.