The Navy’s top officer wants to expand the reach of each of his ships, and he’s looking towards networking to make it happen.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said the Navy is going to look to increase its networking between platforms and systems as a way of gaining an advantage over the potential adversaries more quickly, given the long timeline associated with a massive naval buildup.
The current trajectory of his shipbuilding program gets the Navy to 355 ships sometime in the late 2030s, and that's just too long to wait, Richardson told an audience at the Office of Naval Research’s Science and Technology Expo.
“[That] is way late to me,” Richardson said Friday. “We need to get to that equivalent naval power but we need to get there in the 2020s, that’s the decade of competition. … As the person who's consumed with getting the Next Navy, I’m saying ‘let’s get building.
Interoperability and networking were major considerations contained the request-for-information on the Navy’s next-generation frigate, known as FFG(X).
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