Wednesday, January 15, 2014

LCS: the OJ Simpson of Warships

Front porch .... more people owe us beer; Byron, MTH, & Sid, start up the BBQ.

Via Chris Cavas, the what;
The office of the secretary of defense (OSD) has directed the Navy to limit its overall buy of littoral combat ships to a total of 32 ships, foregoing 20 more of the small, fast and controversial warships, Pentagon sources have confirmed.

The decision, in a Jan. 6 memo from acting deputy secretary of defense Christine Fox, came after the Pentagon received its final 2015 budget guidance from the White House.
So what?

Well - our expected Fleet numbers moves south - the needed service life requirement for existing ships shift to the right.

The what next? We need to look at what will replace it, and what we need to do in order to get what we can our of the 32 we'll have in the Fleet.

I would also offer that we need to look very hard at what when wrong with this program ... and not do that again.

Executive Summary: right call; feel free to drift closer to 24 if needed.

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