Probably every military blog on the Internet has noted this but it's worth a brief comment ...
The Navy has just established an oversight council of Flag Officers to ensure the LCS's successful introduction into the fleet. The council was established via a memo from CNO Greenert dated 22-Aug-12. Here is the memo.
You'll recall that just a bit over a year ago the Navy went to the somewhat unusual length of creating a separate PEO LCS office under Adm. Murdoch specifically to focus attention on LCS and ensure its successful introduction into the fleet (wait a minute, didn't I just type that same sentence in the preceeding paragraph?!).
Given the blatant duplication of responsibility, is the new council a slap at an ineffective PEO, a recognition that the LCS is in that much trouble that it needs even more Admirals overseeing it, or something else? I have no idea but it's clearly not a vote of confidence for Adm. Murdoch.
I suspect that this is a reaction to signs of dwindling support for the LCS program both within the Navy and in Congress. Remember, (as I understand it) the purchase contracts for the 10+10 buy is actually 1+1 with options for the remaining 18. Is the Navy begining to feel pressure to terminate the program? We can only wait and see.
What's next, double secret probation? [Animal House reference for you fans of the movie]