As president of R. J. Natter & Associates, LLC (a firm that advises multiple defense firms), and the director for Advanced Concepts for Lockheed Martin Integrated Defense Technologies, respectively, we assure readers that we collaborate here not to endorse either of the competing Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designs, but rather to highlight the benefits of the ships' capabilities in general.
One of the books on the Navy's recommended reading list is Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Just think about how the cellular phone changed the way we communicate, or the way the personal computer has had a profound impact on virtually everything, from business to warfighting. We believe the LCS is such a tipping point for surface combatants, both for the U. S. Navy and for international navies. And we believe this for several reasons.