US Fleet Got Out-of-Date
Captain Junge has reprimanded the US Navy for failing to modernize and radically upgrade its existing battle fleet.
"For those seeking to right the future, the first step in fixing a problem is recognizing there is one. The second is to act. The US military is capable of identifying issues, but seems stuck on the second step," he wrote in his article for War on the Rocks, a military analysis website.
Instead of developing new, highly capable vessels, the command of the US Navy focuses on "slightly modified repeats of previous, modest successes and in some cases continuing failures," he lamented.
"Take for example the replacement for two of the Navy's amphibious connectors, the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and the Landing Craft Utility (LCU). The current LCU was designed in the 1960s as an iterative improvement on World War II-era models and built in the 1970s," he said.