The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, John McCain, and the ranking Democrat, Jack Reed, sent a letter to SecNav Mabus and CNO Richardson which absolutely rips the LCS program and the Navy’s lies concerning it. Yes, there is no other way to characterize the Congressmen’s take on the Navy’s statements other than to call them lies.
I’ve been unable to obtain a copy of the letter in a format from which I can cut and paste to present selected passages but, honestly, you need to read the entire letter. Here’s the link.
The letter is self-explanatory. What I’d like to comment on is not the myriad issues – those are well known. Instead, I’d like to point out the tone of the letter. Clearly, Congress is getting fed up with the Navy’s games and lies and is tired of waiting for non-existent technology to mature. Of course, one could wonder where the corresponding outrage over the F-35 is but, I digress.
The Navy has completely used up any stockpile of goodwill that it ever had and needs to immediately begin dealing honestly and openly with Congress if they are to have any hope of moving from an adversarial relationship to one of cooperation.