NavWeek: The U.S. Navy Shoots Back


I SWORE to myself that I would not write this week about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.  I felt – and I think most would agree – everyone needs a break.

But now that I am exhausted after spending most of my week driving and re-driving nearly the entire state of Florida (except for the Keys) in search of the truth about the LCS mission modules, and also after receiving an email in response to my last NavWeek on recent Congressional testimony on LCS, I decided to grab the lowest-hanging fruit.

But often the bottom fruit is the sweetest, and Capt. Catherine Mueller makes some interesting observations here.

So, without any filtering on my part, here is what she had to say about my earlier post:

I disagree that he was being inconsistent on the prototype. What he's meant that there's no model that we don't eventually deploy as an operational asset. You do explain that fine later on.

No one is suggesting not completing the block buy. It's the ships that come after the block buy that they are suggesting to slow (and they already have a different profile). The issue is that GAO (Government Accountability Office) suggests making the '14 money conditional on more certifications and reports that we've done the things we're already doing based on normal acquisition practices. It'll be interesting to see how Congress chooses to express this in the final authorization.

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