The Navy has gaps in its repair capacity and its supply base capacity. Austal has two production lines in need of work, after some shipbuilding programs were delayed. The company says it can adjust to meet Navy near-term needs in a mutually beneficial way.
“We have 15 years of track record that proves that the current approach to cybersecurity, driven by a checklist mentality, is wrong,” says Aaron Weis, the service's chief information officer. “It doesn’t work.”
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.