The US Navy is spending $128 billion to build twelve Columbia-class nuclear missile submarines. A costly mistake on ballistic missile tubes almost passed undetected.
Contractor BWX discovered welding problems and notified primary builder Electric Boat. This led to a halt to the installation of the missile tubes. Electric Boat admitted this week that the faulty work will cost $27 million to fix over the course of the next year.
Cold War era Ohio-class subs are aging out at 42 years of age. This is very old for submarines. They are too old to safely patrol at crushing depths.
The US Navy now has 12-person teams conducting intrusive inspections on the tubes and other parts of the submarine.
The Navy had assumed the competence of Electric Boat. These are the first new missile submarines in many years. There has been a loss of skilled workers.
Wang is a prolific business-oriented writer of emerging and disruptive technologies. He is known for insightful articles that combine business and technical analysis that catches the attention of the general public and is also useful for those in the industries. He is the sole author and writer of nextbigfuture.com
, the top online science blog. He is also involved in angel investing and raising funds for breakthrough technology startup companies.
He gave the recent keynote presentation at Monte Jade event with a talk entitled the Future for You. He gave an annual update on molecular nanotechnology at Singularity University on nanotechnology, gave a TEDX talk on energy, and advises USC ASTE 527 (advanced space projects program). He has been interviewed for radio, professional organizations. podcasts and corporate events. He was recently interviewed by the radio program Steel on Steel on satellites and high altitude balloons that will track all movement in many parts of the USA.
He fundraises for various high impact technology companies and has worked in computer technology, insurance, healthcare and with corporate finance.
He has substantial familiarity with a broad range of breakthrough technologies like age reversal and antiaging, quantum computers, artificial intelligence, ocean tech, agtech, nuclear fission, advanced nuclear fission, space propulsion, satellites, imaging, molecular nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine, blockchain, crypto and many other areas.