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Navy DDG-1000 (DD(X)) and CG(X) Ship Acquisition Programs: Oversight Issues and Options for Congress

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The Navy is procuring a new kind of destroyer called the DDG-1000 formerly DDX, and wants to procure a new kind of cruiser called the CGX. Navy plans call for procuring 7 DDG- 1000s and 19 CGXs between FY2007 and FY2023. The first two DDG-1000s were procured in FY2007. The Navy wants to procure the first CGX in FY2011 and the second in FY2013. The Navys FY2008 budget requests 2,802 million in procurement funding to complete the Navys estimated procurement cost for the first two DDG-1000s, which are being split-funded i.e., incrementally funded across FY2007 and FY2008. The Navys combined estimated procurement cost for the two ships is 6,370 million. The two ships received 1,010 million in FY2005 and FY2006 advance procurement funding, and 2,557 million in FY2007 procurement funding. The Navys FY2008 budget also requests 151 million in advance procurement funding for the third DDG-1000, whose procurement cost the Navy estimates at 2,563 million. The DDG-1000CGX program raises several potential oversight issues for Congress, including the accuracy of Navy cost estimates for the program, the programs affordability and cost effectiveness, the acquisition strategy for the third and subsequent DDG-1000s, and the programs potential implications for the shipbuilding industrial base. Potential options for Congress for the DDG- 1000CGX program include supporting the Navys proposed plans or curtailing the DDG-1000 andor CGX programs and pursuing lower-cost alternatives to the DDG- 1000 andor CGX designs. The House Armed Services Committee, in its report H.Rept. 110-146 on the FY2008 defense authorization bill H.R. 1585, recommended approval of the Navys request for FY2008 procurement funding for the DDG-1000. The report recommended increasing the Navys FY2008 request for research and development funding for the DDG-1000 program by 9 million for work on permanent magnet motor technology.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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