Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SECDEF Gates: Salamander follower?

Yea, I wish.

Anyway - I can't believe I missed this from JAN. Right from the "Revolutionary vs. Evolutionary" file - SECDEF has learned the lessons of PPT and vaporware methinks.

A real fancy way of saying, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
"I will pursue greater quantities of systems that represent the 75 percent solution instead of smaller quantities of 99 percent, exquisite systems,"
Of course, that could mean deploying a "slick" LCS - but LCS is not his baby. It isn't his fault we have a Frigate sized, Tiffany priced gun boat to deliver SOF teams, but hey; if you need to ploy a field and don't have a tractor, then you might as well use the BMW in the driveway.

The attitude of 75% vs. 99% though is one that if taken forward towards shipbuilding may help the future.

Now, if we could just get him to tour a few Continental shipyards ....

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