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Byron Audler

I hope the PLAN is wasting all it's time trying to mess with the LCS instead of a real ship...


Being abysmally ignorant about all things nautical, I am going to assume that the ability to get underway and resume normal operation after the explosion is part of the shock test. So how are they going to factor in an evidently compromised propulsion system?


I wonder if it will just sink or be crippled beyond repair and let us be done with this misery.


timactual asks "So how are they going to factor in an evidently compromised propulsion system?"

Oh, the usual way. Smoke & mirrors, cheerleading the LCS, poo-pooing the critics; the usual.


Actually, I would say if software is the problem that's the good news. It's way easier to correct software than to have to go back and modify hardware. Hardware requires much more engineering, time and expense to correct. Then you'd have to retrofit any previous production.



If the software of the control system can be made to destroy the hardware, that is a far bigger problem than a mechanical redesign.


@URR, I respectfully disagree. Improperly written software frequently has the potential to be catastrophic, in all sorts of ways, including destruction of mechanical hardware, electronics, and larger systems, be it in ships, airplanes, automobiles, medical hardware or even your cell phone (cf. recent "Error 53" bug that bricked iPhones that had had the fingerprint reader repaired by a third party). That's why so much time is spent testing in labs with actual hardware, controlled field/flight tests, etc. In spite of all that sometimes problems do get through. It would be much more expensive/time consuming to have to go back and re-design the clutch/drive line and retrofit those changes as opposed to changing software to make them operate properly. This is greatly over-simplified, but I've experienced similar events in a number of instances.



It isn't a matter of improperly written software. It is a matter of an adversary taking control of HM&E and being able to do catastrophic damage with very little effort and without being detected. ICS vulnerability, not just on Navy ships, is a massive and looming problem.

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