With the recent $1.8 billion U.S. Navy contract award to build hulls and related components for the Zumwalt-class destroyers DDG-1001 and DDG-1002, the biggest remaining question is whether the deal represents the epilogue of the controversial shipbuilding program or just a transition chapter to a later, bigger build. The contract award is not a surprise. The Navy earlier had awarded major contacts for the ships and the service has said all along that it intends to stay on course for the ...

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