Recent reports indicate that the new version of the LCS (I refuse to call it a frigate) will use a single combat control software system even if the Navy continues with the procurement of two different versions of seaframe (which would be further compounding the stupidity). The combat system will be that used by the Freedom version, the COMBATSS-21, manufactured by Lockheed Martin.
As an aside, for those who like to speculate, this also suggests that if the Navy down selects to a single LCS design for the new versions it would likely be the Freedom version.
I don’t know how good or bad the COMBATSS system is but it’s at least an improvement to select a single system for the LCS versus the two currently in use. Do I really need to list all the reasons why two different systems on the LCS cause problems (training, parts, compatibility, etc.)? Reports suggest that the COMBATSS will be retrofitted to the LCS-2 versions as budget permits.
This brings up the issue of hindsight, one of my pet peeves. Too many people use the excuse of hindsight to explain away some pretty obvious failings. Sure, they’ll say, in hindsight there may have been some problems with the design of the LCS but no one could know those issues at the time. Thus, we shouldn’t blame anyone.
Horse droppings! It didn’t require hindsight to know that having two different combat systems on the two LCSs would cause problems. It didn’t require hindsight to know that the LCS was undermanned. It didn’t require hindsight to know that the vast majority of the module technologies wouldn’t work. I can go on with hundreds of hindsights throughout the Navy but you get the idea.
Hindsight is an excuse only for the truly unforeseeable. Go back to the writings of the day and you’ll see that all the LCS and JSF problems were readily foreseen by everyone except the Navy. Either the Navy has the stupidest people on the planet or they simply ignore the warnings. By definition, if you ignore realistic warnings that makes you stupid so I guess we have our answer.
Hindsight may be 20/20 but, very often, foresight is too. All that’s needed is to listen to those who can see which is almost everyone outside the Navy.