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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Navy considering Newport News Shipbuilding's future

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)Is the day coming when Newport News Shipbuilding will no longer have a monopoly on building the Navy's aircraft carriers?

A defense analyst said the Navy's desire to create more competition - to stifle rising costs and address changes in technology and warfare - could lead the Pentagon to encourage a future rival to Virginia's largest private employer.

Others disagree, arguing that Newport News is well-positioned because the cost of developing another carrier builder would far outweigh any potential benefits.

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