Accession Number : AD1022308


Title :   Littoral Combat Ship and Frigate: Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1022308.pdf


Report Date : 01 Dec 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 22


Abstract : The Navy envisioned a revolutionary approach for the LCS program: dual ship designs with interchangeable mission packages intended to provide mission flexibility at a lower cost. This approach has fallen short, with significant cost increases and reduced expectations about mission flexibility and performance. The Navy has changed acquisition approaches several times. The latest change involves minor upgrades to an LCS designreferred to now as a frigate. Yet, questions persist about both the LCS and the frigate. GAO has reported on the acquisition struggles facing LCS and now the frigate, particularly in GAO-13-530 and GAO-16-356. This statement discusses: (1) the evolution of the LCS acquisition strategy and business case; (2) key risks in the Navys plans for the frigate based on the LCS program; and (3) remaining oversight opportunities for the LCS and small surface combatant programs. This statement is largely based on GAOs prior reports and larger work on shipbuilding and acquisition best practices. It incorporates limited updated audit work where appropriate. What GAO Recommends: GAO is not making any new recommendations in this statement but has made numerous recommendations to the Department of Defense (DOD) in the past on LCS and frigate acquisition, including strengthening the programs business case before proceeding with acquisition decisions. While DOD has, at times, agreed with GAOs recommendations, it has taken limited action to implement them.


Descriptors :   littoral combat ships , naval operations , military acquisition , shipbuilding , contractors , costs , shipyards , department of defense , test and evaluation , military procurement , survivability , life cycle management


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Marine Engineering
      Administration and Management


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE