The United Kingdom faces numerous challenges in producing warships from now through 2020, including developing a sufficiently sized and skilled workforce, updating facilities, and maintaining viable producers. To address these challenges, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) needs to consider shifting production timings to more evenly distribute future demand, seeking better cooperation between the shipyards to share work, coordinating the MOD shipbuilding project teams' plans and strategies, exploring alternatives to competitive procurement, and considering the use of nontraditional suppliers.
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