This edition of Rhumb Lines provides information of the following key messages: "1) Competition is a critical factor for affordable shipbuilding programs. We aim to compete in every element of our programs ---- not just at the prime contractor or shipbuilder level, but through the entire supply chain. 2) With budget constraints, we must lower the cost of business by not driving toward the high end on requirements; holding our requirements stable; stabilizing the rate at which we buy; and improving the way we contract for systems, such as using fixed price contracting, multiyear and block buys. "
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Rhumb Lines (January 10, 2012)