Military Capabilities

USN secretary looks to revamp maintenance infrastructure and mindset

09 December 2018

US Navy (USN) Secretary Richard Spencer wants to modernise the service's maintenance facilities, procedures, and thought processes to increase throughput and foster innovation, he said on 6 December during a presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

However, to do so, he has to fight for funding and against the USN's traditional way of doing business.

"I need to spend USD400 million for every dry dock to get up from the 1930s flow control to the industrial-model flow control [and] best practices now," Spencer said.

"This is for an organisation that funded infrastructure at 70%," he said, noting that companies like Boeing would never consider such a low percentage.

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