The U.S. Navy commissions ships of yesterday, unable to bring new ship designs quickly to fruition or alter production pipelines effectively in an age where emergent terrorist networks, rogue states, and rapid technological development can disrupt existing warfare paradigms in months.1 The root causes of these systemic issues are numerous but lie predominantly in: an excessively layered, consensus-building culture; a human-resources system that does not properly empower or apportion talent; and an imprecise fleet-planning paradigm that attempts to serve too many purposes to the disservice of all. Together, these factors significantly limit the country’s ability to create, evaluate, and commission future combatants.
As HMS Dreadnought and the aircraft carriers of World War II revolutionized their ages, so now will cyber, drone, and electronic warfare overhaul warfighting in the future. The Navy must be able to create and field these cutting-edge advances better and more swiftly than its adversaries.
Understand the Barriers