Friday, June 9, 2017

How Not To Build A U.S. Aircraft Carrier

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Dan Grazier & Pierre Sprey, POGO: How Not to Build a Ship: The USS Ford

President Trump used the Navy’s next generation aircraft carrier, the CVN-78 USS Gerald R. Ford, as a backdrop to unveil his vision for the next defense budget in March 2017. The moment was meant to symbolize his commitment to rebuilding the military, but it also positioned the President in front of a monument to the Navy’s and defense industry’s ability to justify spending billions in taxypayer dollars on unproven technologies that often deliver worse performance at a higher cost. The Ford program also provides yet another example of the dangers of the Navy’s and industry’s end-running the rigorous combat testing that is essential to ensuring our fighting men and women go to war with equipment that works.

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WNU Editor: A long .... but very sobering read.

2 comments:

TWN said...

This is not surprising, people get conned in to new things all the time, Govt's and the Military are just like people, when some slick rat with a sales pitch or a bribe comes along, they fall over themselves to get the wallet out. Like Canada's $4.3 billion a piece Frigate's, you just know that will be a disaster, or the $8,000 bolt action Tikia the morons just bought for the Rangers, that you can by for $2700 Cabelas, no graft in that contract.

Aizino Smith said...

Every Fords class carrier will have “digital” aircraft catapult.

Trump is correct in his directions to the Navy.