Hagel Expands on Reservations’ About Littoral Combat Ship – Bloomberg

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his “considerable reservations” about the Littoral Combat Ship led him to bar planning for any more than 32 of the vessels, 20 fewer than the Navy’s $34 billion program.

“Given the emerging threat environment of the future, I have considerable reservations as to whether this is what our Navy will require over the next few decades,” Hagel said in a memorandum to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

The document, obtained by Bloomberg News, expands on Hagel’s doubts about the ship and his decision to block any new contract negotiations to buy more than 32 of them, which he announced yesterday in outlining the Pentagon’s proposed budget for the year that begins in October. It’s the first time Hagel has questioned a major weapons system since he became defense secretary a year ago.

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