(See C. Schlise, pp. 64–67, April 2012 Proceedings)
Captain Anthony Cowden, U.S. Navy—Lieutenant Commander Schlise has made an important and valuable contribution to the discussion of what ails U.S. Navy surface-shipbuilding. I would take his general suggestion for a new class of frigate that minimizes new design requirements (i.e., sunk costs) as literally as possible and dust off the Perry-class design. Its weapon and combat systems should be updated (replace the Mk13 missile launcher with a 16–24 cell Mk41 vertical-launch system, for example), but other hull, mechanical, and electrical system changes should be minimized unless they reduce manning requirements (i.e., recurring costs). Another advantage to this approach is making use of all of the logistic and training infrastructure that exists for this class (more sunk costs).