The Russian bomber who recently buzzed the USS Nimitz is common knowledge. Word is that the F-18s checked to determine if the bombers were armed, and then escorted them out of the area without firing a shot. This, if true, is exactly what the people who staged the provocation were counting on. This policy meant that a potential enemy was able to test American defenses and response times without consequence. This also meant that the policy was not to assume the worst, but to trust the survival of one of America's most valuable naval vessels to the eyes of a few (one?) persons who determined whether or not the bomber was a threat. This response is wrong on so many levels that I don't know where to begin.
It's bad enough that the carriers are vulnerable. This is unconscionable.