McGrath: Navy should stop talking about survivability, start talking about hardening

Some of the criticism of the Littoral Combat Ship revolves around its survivability. Some observers believe members of the military may be thinking about the concept of survivability too abstractly. One of them is Commander Bryan McGrath (USN ret.). He’s Managing Director of the Ferrybridge Group and Assistant Director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute. He spoke about survivability at the recent Distributed Lethality Summit, and he told me about the message he delivered in his remarks.

Bryan McGrath on National Defense Week

Photo: The littoral combat ships USS Independence (LCS 2), back, and USS Coronado (LCS 4) are underway in the Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/Released)

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