It seems to me we got much more for our money back in the days when we could build one-off's - tech demonstrators, or call them what you will- Long Beach, Albacore, Nautilus, Seawolf, Tullibee, Bronstein, Glover, Bainbridge. Today we must commit to serial production. We would have taken much less public flak had we built one DDG-1K (with less fanfare) and a couple of LCS's then figured what we could - and could not - do with them. Then build the evolved class(es) of ships from there.
Now descending from soap box...