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Navy's future linked to flexible weapons: chief

• Reuters
Increasing pressure on the overall U.S. defense budget means the Navy must focus even more buying flexible and affordable weapons systems that can adapt to changing threats and needs, the Navy's top officer said.

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, calling himself "a capacity guy," said his top priority was to proceed with plans to buy dozens of smaller, relatively inexpensive littoral combat ships (LCS) to expand the Navy fleet from 287 to 313 and meet growing demand for naval forces.