|I can actually say I'm impressed by this decision:
U.S. Navy To Build Both LCS Designs
( http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4997894&c=AME&s=SEA )
It not only helps strengthen an ailing US economy, it also could encourage some, hopefully civil, competition between the competitors: competing to build more efficiently and within proper timeframes and budgets.
A new era of dual-buying in US defense contracts, while certainly costing more money overall in the long run, could bring a lot of much-needed, decent-paying higher-technology manufacturing back into the US job industry: contractors, subcontractors, design and engineering, service and support contracts: that's how you create jobs and strengthen an economy.
Jobs that create a lieable, decent wage that enables families to properly buy and afford homes, spend more money buying consumer goods, and those kinds of higher-paying jobs also mean a more ideal tax revenue (important for getting national debt under control) coming from those income brackets.
Long term, it can be a win-win for a hell of a lot of people.