Lexington COO Loren Thompson was featured in an Associated Press article discussing operational problems in weapons and combat ships currently in use in the Navy. The article implied that, along with significant delays and the loss of billions of dollars, these snags are of special concern because of the increasing boldness and sophistication of our adversaries’ navies, such as China and Russia.
“Are we ready to meet the threat from China? No,” said Thompson. In Thompson’s view, the Navy’s problem in this arena is that leaders “rushed ambitious new ship classes to production and started construction before designs were finalized and technology fully tested.” Ultimately, he said, the Navy “tried too hard to leap ahead technologically at the beginning of the last decade,” and as a result, “every vessel that it started had severe problems.”
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