Designing and building a warship must be considered as one of the more complex technical challenges. Even more so when you realize that it must often be done with high political attention and under risk avoiding financial scrutiny.
To deliver a working, and useful, warship requires a combination of highly skilled technical minds, lots of craftmanship and creative innovative thinkers. To add to this challenge such a diverse group must be led by almost ruthless managerial drivers to get good ships built within in time and budget.
The design, and building, of a warship requires many choices to be made, each of which forces other choices and often compromises in order to get a good ship. Therefore the design of warship must also incorporate the experience of operational and tactical naval war fighters. For a ship to be judged as good, the driving force behind each choice should be to ensure success in combat. The choices also include many non-technical issues such as crew design, future logistical challenges and concepts of training.
All these choices require a deep understanding of naval warfare based on both historic lessons as in future technology. But it the end it also demands the acceptance of risks of damage or even the potential loss of the ship. This can only be done by those doing the fighting.
This book aims to give guidance on how to set up a process to ensure the best possible, and affordable, design ships fit for task. So that ships can be used and risked to achieve their politically assigned, and often surprisingly unexpected, missions.