(See N. Polmar, pp. 158–159, May 2014 Proceedings)
Vice Admiral Barry McCullough, U.S. Navy (Retired); Vice President of Business Strategy for Mission Systems and Training, Lockheed Martin Corporation—Mr. Polmar has been one of the sharpest and most persistent critics of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. It was therefore quite a surprise to read his statement, “Up-gunning the current LCS is a favorable approach” to providing the Navy with a frigate-like warship that “could greatly impact the ship-numbers game.” Mr. Polmar is right: Up-gunning the current LCS designs is the most practical of the three options under consideration to satisfy Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s desire for “a capable and lethal small surface combatant, generally consistent with the capabilities of a frigate.” Why?