Here’s an item that speaks for itself, from the DOT&E 2017 Annual Report,
“The SECDEF [Secretary of Defense] directed in FY16 and reiterated in FY17 that the Navy fund long-lead items for an Aegis SDTS [Self Defense Test Ship] to be used for testing Aegis ACB-20, DDG 51 Flight III, the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR, a.k.a. AN/SPY-6), and Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block II; the Navy initially complied with the direction but subsequently removed all funding for the Aegis SDTS and the required aerial targets.” [emphasis added]
The Navy, against “directions” from the Secretary of Defense, refused to fund an Aegis test ship. Aegis - the main weapon system of the Navy and the Navy won't even fund a test ship for it.
There’s nothing I can add to that. It speaks for itself. CNO Richardson must be fired.