Littoral Combat Ship and Frigate: Slowing Planned Frigate Acquisition Would Enable Better Informed Decisions
U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States
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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. This statement discusses 1 the evolution of the LCS acquisition strategy and where it stands today 2 key risks in the Navys plans for the frigate based on the LCS program and 3 remaining oversight opportunities for the LCS and frigate 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.
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