[ExI] Top admiral: Defense firms are lobbying against the weapons the US Navy needs

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 12 17:42:05 UTC 2021

Between the CCP, American pork barrel politics, and military industrial
complex executives and lobbyists, the U.S. Navy has quite a challenge on
it's hands as they attempt to prepare for war in a timely fashion...

"The U.S. Navy’s top admiral accused defense companies of slow-rolling the
production of certain weapons, moving too slowly on ship repairs, and
lobbying against newer types of ships and aircraft that are needed to
compete with China.

“Although it’s in industry’s best interest…building the ships that you want
to build, lagging on repairs to ships and to submarines,
lobbying Congress to buy aircraft that we don’t need, that excess to need,
it’s not helpful,” Adm. Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations said Monday.
“It really isn’t, in a budget-constrained environment.”

“One of the things, I think, where industry can really help us is to be a
bit more agile in pivoting to new technologies and new platforms,” Gilday
said. “It’s not the ’90s anymore, as we go to the tri-service [maritime]
really try to punctuate the sense of urgency that we feel every day
against China to move the needle in a bureaucracy that’s really not
designed to move very fast.”

“About a year ago, the Navy spent a day with industry leaders, showing them
the results of some of our wargaming,” he said. “I think that was really,
really instructive. We need to do that again…and we need to do more of it
not only with industry, but with the Hill.”
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