This is a old article, I remember reading it several years ago. Buut let's use it as a reason to have a go at the LCS.
All the smart establishment DoD people that defended the LCS and forced the program through, even though there were lots of excellent, well thought out and rational arguments made by both regular people with common sense and people with lots of experience in Surface Warfare, that these supposedly smart people had only very weak counterarguments for, should honestly be court martialled - or if civilians, be put on trial.
It is also interesting to note that the naysayers' arguments that were perfectly plausible in 2010 have stood the test of time while the arguments of the shills have... not fared that well.
The point that the LCS was basically a floating target with no clear way to use it in a tactically effective way, it was so obvious to anybody with a modicum of analytical capability and who had the ability to put their own emotions and wishes in the backseat while doing the analysis and forecasting.
The establishment, as usual, suffered from being to clever for their own good. I think that, and there is some research to support this, that people that are above average intelligence are people most affected by their own biases because they are quite good at rationalizing faulty positions they hold, because of their above average intelligence. And whereas people of average intelligence tend to be more grounded and common sense-oriented, people with slightly above average intelligence are intelligent enough that they are very good at coming up with plausible sounding (To themselves anyway) rationalizations of why their interpretation of things is the right one and likewise intelligent enough to be able to construct plausible sounding arguments of why their interlocutors' arguments are faulty.
The managerial class. Sigh. And who made the rise of China possible? Well, the elite of the west of course, by enforcing a ruthless policy of globalism, which basically meant moving manufacturing capacity and economic activity from the west to the east - and China in particular.
The managerial class will be the death of the west while China, ruthlessly meritocratic and very much given to common sense-thinking (Which the post modern left of the west has fought a war on over the last decades), will very soon have a technological as well as economical advantage over the west. And China does not care about human rights, freedom, equality, political correctness or any of the west's liberal shibboleths. And I for one, welcome our Chinese overlords.
Well, at least the USN will have twelve 125 m long mine-hunters with a top speed of about 41-43 kn, each bought at the facile price of only approximately half a billion- a billion USD apiece.