Friday, October 30, 2015

The Navy Will Pick a Number

The Navy has finally accepted that they cannot get the numbers of high-end ships they would like.

The Navy shall pick a number for the size of the fleet we need:

The Defense Department is placing more emphasis on affordability over capability when it comes to ship procurement, according to a top acquisition official.

“In the ship community, we’re looking at mass," said Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition. “We are looking at numbers, quantities.”

It is counterproductive to build ships with a multitude of “Swiss army knife” capabilities if the cost severely limits the amount of vessels the military can purchase, she said Oct. 27 at a National Defense Industrial Association expeditionary warfare conference in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Good. I've been boring readers with that issue for a long time. Pick a number, I say.