What’s the old joke? How can you tell when the Navy is lying? Answer - Their lips move.
If they’re speaking (or writing), they’re lying. It’s become that simple.
The latest example is a Department of Defense Inspector General (IG) report (1) that states that the Navy fraudulently declared Initial Operational Capability for three mine countermeasures (MCM) components of the LCS MCM mission module. The MCM components the IG reviewed are
- AN/ASQ‑235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS)
- Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS)
- Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) Block I
Here’s the blunt statement of finding by the IG.
The Navy declared IOC for the three MCM mission package systems reviewed prior to demonstrating that the systems were effective and suitable for their intended operational uses.
Here’s what out and out fraud sounds like,
We [IG] determined that N95 declared IOC for the COBRA Block I to avoid requesting a sixth change to the IOC date that would further delay the delivery …
Note: N95 is Major General David W. Coffman, USMC, Director, Expeditionary Warfare (N95)
The DOD-IG is not alone in criticizing the MCM’s ALMDS and AMNS components. A June 2016 DOT&E (Director Operational Testing & Evaluation) report states,
… the MH-60S helicopter with the current ALMDS and AMNS units would not be operationally effective or suitable to conduct mine countermeasure operations.
“Not operationally effective or suitable”????? That’s saying it’s useless.
What does all this mean?
As a result, the Navy has delivered units that have known performance problems to the fleet …
Since declaring IOC, the Navy has delivered two ALMDS, one AMNS, and one COBRA Block I units to the fleet with known performance problems …
So, despite all the problems, the Navy is knowingly and intentionally fielding flawed equipment. This violates the trust of the nation and the trust of the sailors in the fleet. CNO Richardson needs to be relieved for loss of confidence in his ability to command.
(1)Department of Defense, Inspector General, “Acquisition of the Navy’s Mine Countermeasures Mission Package”, Report No. DODIG-2018-140,