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Navy CG(X) Cruiser Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

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On December 7, 2009, it was reported that the Navy wants to cancel its planned CGX cruiser and instead procure an improved version of the Arleigh Burke DDG-51 class Aegis destroyer. Earlier press reporting had suggested that the Navy might be heading toward such a change in plans. The Navy reportedly was concerned about the projected high cost of the CGX, and has concluded that it does not need a ship as capable as the CGX to adequately perform future anti-air warfare AAW and ballistic missile defense BMD missions. The Navys desire to cancel the CGX and instead procure improved DDG-51s reportedly will be reflected in the Navys proposed FY2011 budget, which is to be submitted to Congress in early February 2010. Prior to this reported change in plans, the Navy had wanted to procure as many as 19 CGXs. The Navy had wanted to procure the first CGX around FY2017 and have it enter service around 2023. The Navy had been developing technologies and studying design options for the CGX, and the Navys proposed FY2010 budget requested 340 million in research and development funding for it. The improved DDG-51 that the Navy reportedly now wants to procure would be considerably less expensive to procure than the CGX. The improved DDG-51 would have more AAW and BMD capability than the current DDG-51 design, but less AAW and BMD capability than what was envisioned for the CGX. Potential issues for Congress arising from the Navys reported new plan include the following Is there an adequate analytical basis for canceling the CGX and instead procuring improved DDG-51s Should an analysis of alternatives AOA or the equivalent of an AOA be performed before committing to this course of action Is there adequate stability in Navy planning for acquisition of surface combatants and Would an improved DDG-51 be an adequate substitute for the CGX

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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