Megan Eckstein is the naval warfare reporter at Defense News. She has covered military news since 2009, with a focus on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, acquisition programs, and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when she’s filing stories from a ship. Megan is a University of Maryland alumna.
The U.S. Navy doesn’t want to over-commit to buying too many ships in the next five years, in case it can’t follow through due to fiscal or supply chain issues. That will cost the service millions of dollars.
A modular approach to laser weapon development that encourages companies to specialize in individual subsystems rather than the whole integrated product could help the Pentagon expand the industrial base for these kinds of future weapons technologies.
The Navy doesn't want to buy more ships in FY23, even if more money is made available. It wants more funding for ship and plane maintenance as well as spare parts, and for long-range weapons to use in the Pacific theater.
The Navy will end its work with Raytheon Technologies developing a sonar for littoral combat ships and the frigates, and the service will instead buy a sonar already in use by several navies around the globe.