The Navy command is drunk on fads "Net Centric Warfare" (which would collapse within seconds in real war against a first rank opponent, we need to be training to fight without the over-arching, micro-managing command our communications give us in our "little wars"---we will be in 1800 communications-wise in a new war), and the hilarious garbage of the LCS fad that took a momentary anomoly in world power balance and tried to build a fleet for it---to the despair commanders who knew we had to build to fight first-rate opponents on the high seas. The freakish catastrophes that are the Zumwalts are the end result of idiocy at all levels of government and industry in procurement. Bill Oreto is dead right about the technology demonstrator USS Ford which has been a vast sump down which millions have been spent to the detriment of more pressing needs.
Put out more flags rah rah and patriotic blindness will not save the thousands of officers and sailors doomed to annihilation because we have become the new Romanovs. WWII was bloody enough with crews and warships annihilated in battles against an enemy we were not prepared to fight. We can no longer afford to fail.