The U.S. Navy has long identified threats in the littorals and the need to fight within these close waters, but it still struggles with creating a capable fighting force that provides speed, lethality, and a deterrent. Expeditionary strike groups are back in vogue with the Navy–Marine Corps team; a new frigate may soon be on the horizon; and the littoral combat ships (LCSs) still are in search of a viable combat mission. These options, however, all involve large, expensive platforms and have been the focus of the surface fleet for too long. What the Navy–Marine Corps team needs is a complement to existing capital ships—fast-attacking ships that are strategic assets and can be deployed globally.
Read the full article in the June 2019 issue of Proceedings.
More from CNAS
PodcastVladimir Milov on Russian Politics
Vladimir Milov, Russian politician and former Visiting Scholar with the Carnegie Endowment, joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss Russian opposition politics...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Vladimir Milov
China’s coercive attempts to wield hegemonic control over the South China Sea threaten the sovereignty of Southeast Asian states and international freedom of the seas, both of...
By Patrick M. Cronin & Ryan Neuhard
CommentaryThe state of acquisition is in need of better coordination
The U.S. defense enterprise has been in a near-constant state of acquisition reform since the 1980s. Although it has been a top Pentagon priority, expected competition with Ch...
By Susanna V. Blume & Mikhail Grinberg
CommentaryThe U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2
The Trump administration’s “phase one” trade deal with China may mark the end of the first chapter of the trade conflict between the United States and China, which saw Washing...
By Peter Harrell