The U.S. Navy is facing a major naval buildup by China, and it is struggling to keep up. If the Navy is to meet the challenge, it will need to spend its funds wisely–including especially the money dedicated to ship construction. One useful tool is purchasing warships of the same type in blocks of several vessels, with new ships commencing at regular intervals. By building warships in a predictable fashion, the Navy can stabilize its industrial base, applying the workforce, supply chains and shipyard physical plant with maximum efficiency. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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