In an interview (1) with Real Clear Defense (RCD), CNO Greenert expressed concern about the Navy’s lack of anti-ship weaponry. As RCD reported,
“Greenert said that while he is comfortable now, it’s “reasonably fair” to say there is a real long-term concern about being out-sticked in the future. “I’m not dissatisfied, let’s just say impatient in the near term to get something out there with what we have. Industry can come up with some pretty interesting payloads pretty quickly, and I’d like to see what they’re going to do in the nearer term. “
The Navy chief emphasized that the military does not “think of things like, ship-to-ship, air-to-air,” but rather places emphasis on systems. But he acknowledged “the need is there to deliver something from the ship.” “
Greenert’s statement demonstrates exactly the point I’ve been hammering on for some time, now, with regard to the Navy’s lack of in-house expertise. He notes that “Industry can come up with some pretty interesting payloads …” and wants “… to see what they’re going to do in the nearer term.”
The Navy wants to see what industry is going to do about our national defense and about the Navy’s capabilities!?! Not only does the Navy no longer have the expertise to design weapons and systems in-house but they don’t even have enough grasp of strategy, tactics, and requirements to come up with a list of requirements to present to industry for development. The Navy should be telling industry what to build not waiting to see what industry comes up with and hoping it meets a need.
Aside from my absolute disgust with Navy leadership, we also can see a system that is ingrained with an industry-first bias. A company is going to propose and develop the products that it can make a larger profit on and that enhance and support its existing product lines rather than developing weapons and systems that are actually needed. That’s understandable. That’s why industry exists – to make a profit. That’s also why, when you approach industry, you tell them what YOU want rather than having them tell you what THEY will give you. If a company can’t deliver what you want you go to another company that can.
This is incompetence and irresponsibility on a scale that makes our naval forefathers roll over in their graves. This CNO hasn’t got a clue how to run a Navy.
(1) Real Clear Defense, Justin Walker,
19-Nov-2013, “Navy Chief Impatient To Avoid Being Out-Sticked”,