Defense Acquisitions: Naval Surface Fire Support Program Plans and Costs.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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This letter responds to one of four reporting requirements in section 1015 of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal Year 1999. The requirements involve the status of inactive battleships and the Navys plans, costs, and capabilities to provide naval surface fire support NSFS. Since 1994, the Navy has been engaged in a two-phase research and development program intended to address current shortfalls in its NSFS capabilities. We previously reported on the Navys compliance with legislation directing it to retain two inactive Iowa class battleships and their associated logistical support infrastructure. This report, addressing the second and third requirements, describes the Navys program to modernize its NSFS capabilities and identifies the cost of the modernization. A third report, addressing the final requirement, will analyze the Navys assessment of the costs associated with alternative methods for executing the naval surface fire-support mission, including the alternative of reactivating two battleships.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Naval Surface Warfare