United States naval technology has reached a tipping point. The Navy must reconsider the feasibility of high-cost/low-capacity missile technology and begin pursuing low-cost/high-capacity capabilities through new developments in naval gunnery, specifically railguns.
Naval warfare and technological developments have always been interconnected. The navy that dominated was the one best able to expand and incorporate advanced technologies into its fleet.1 Naval technology undergoes a predictable pattern of growth: fleets adopt a technology and build their ships and tactics around it until a new concept overshadows the previous way of employing ships. A naval arms race develops until the technology is rendered obsolete or becomes cost-prohibitive.