June 1, 2007  

Facing up

The U.S. Navy is embarked on a critical journey of reassessment and reform. Among the tough operational questions it must address is, how will the Navy and industry reshape behavior to afford the future fleet?

Rear Adm. Chuck Goddard, vice commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, and NAVSEA directors Howard Fireman and Chris Deegan outline the technical and business shipbuilding strategy changes that are imperative if the Navy is to avoid a fleet death spiral.

Naval intelligence officer Cmdr. John Patch analyzes the Navy’s dilemma through a broader, long-term lens. Brutal realignments of naval capabilities with national goals and strategies are critical to a viable maritime strategy. And that means checking too-long-held myths and egos.