Nowhere in the sales brochure for the Ford class did it say Ďcheaper maintenance costs as fact. It is merely assumed , Until Ford joins the active fleet we just wonít know.. Ford smacks of the Rumsfeld train of thought of doing more with less because technology will save the day.
Well letís look at another Rumsfeld decision the F-18 Super Hornet. A great plane, technological advanced for its day and the advanced technology should have a pay back. So Rumsfeld streamlined the carrier air wing and based it on just this one plane as cost savings. Then the number of air wings were cut , then the number of planes per squadron were cut and what comes along but Iraq and Afghanistan. So after saving millions we are spending hundreds of millions resuscitating worn out F-18s. That was his line of thinking.
Ford, LCS and Zumwalt came from the same thinking so please forgive me if I am a little pessimistic. Rumsfeld did get one thing right. We certainly had to do more with less.