Jura, I am verty aware of the Zumwalts and their shortcomings.... and this is the problem, because the USN is not just loosing money (OK they'll throw away even more for 26 LCS etc.), it's also loosing the slots for building destroyers which would work, and I don't mean "eventually" or "ultimately" work, what I mean are new Burkes
the USN has readiness issue, and has numbers issue; the USN should get real or it'll effectively keep shrinking
as for the Zumwalts, you might want to read the USNI News Yesterday at 7:51 AM
they're looking for "cost-effective plan" how to actually use them now!! since they don't have money for bullets, don't have bigger missiles for Mk57 VLS etc.
the brass of course spinning the situation into success:
“What’s exciting about this [is] we’re starting to create a repository of knowledge that we can use to reiterate as we need to go along,”
Most of those have been proejected on them by politicians and political appointees.
But the design of the ship, and its capabilites and technology are still good and if new people can get into those ships with clear militrary minds, they can be VERY effective aand earth skaking. And set the basis and stage for future classes of ships that are built in numbers.
I am hoping and praying that happens.
As I say, their design, the technology they do have, and the otential technology that can be mated with their design and their power plant are simply amazing...we just have to do it.
In order to do so...we have to drain the swamp and get some actual, realistic and capable and experienced military people back in a position to do the things that need to be done.
In the meant time, we keep building Burkes and gett to the Flight III and build 20 or so of them.