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Littoral Combat Ship: Knowledge of Survivability and Lethality Capabilities Needed Prior to Making Major Funding Decisions

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington

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GAO has reported extensively on LCSan over 34 billion Navy program in 2010 dollars consisting of two different ships and interchangeable mission packages. In February 2014, the Secretary of Defense, citing survivability concerns, directed the Navy to assess design alternatives for a possible LCS replacement.House and Senate reports for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 included a provision for GAO to analyze LCS survivability. Based on congressional interest, GAO also examined lethality. This report examines 1 the extent to which LCS survivability and lethality requirements are aligned with the ships threat environments and if they have changed, 2 and 3 and if LCS meets its current requirements. GAO also 4 assessed recent decisions pertaining to the Navys plans to address the Secretary of Defenses concerns. GAO analyzed relevant documents and interviewed Navy officials.

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