This approach is in stark comparison to what many consider to be the gold standard of ship design and construction—i.e., the program that led to the Aegis Ticonderoga (CG-47)-class cruiser. The “Father of Aegis,” Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, established and sustained this standard and program, and his determination, persistence, and vision would ultimately ensure the U.S. Navy’s at-sea dominance, which continues to this day.
In the pursuit of a new warship, the Navy should emulate the Aegis program. The question to ask now is: What separated the Aegis program from all others?
Assigned as the founding project manager of Aegis shipbuilding, Meyer entered the effort with a remarkable perspective. Instead of being about a specific ship, Meyer made it all about the program itself. His vision was to build a system of systems that could then be tailored to yield differing hulls, with differing missions.