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Navy Aircraft Carriers

By Davis, Richard

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Book Id: WPLBN0000134206
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Reproduction Date: 2008
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Title: Navy Aircraft Carriers  
Author: Davis, Richard
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
Collections: Government Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: The Defense Appropriations Act of 1994 Conference Report directed GAO to study the cost-effectiveness of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The aircraft carrier forms the building block of the Navy’s forward deployed peacetime presence, crisis response, and war-fighting forces. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier (CVN) is the most expensive weapon system in the Nation’s arsenal. Pursuant to the Conference Report, GAO (1) compared the relative effectiveness of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in meeting national security requirements, (2) estimated the total life-cycle costs of conventionally powered and nuclear-powered carriers, and (3) identified implications of an all nuclear carrier force on overseas homeporting in Japan and overseas presence in the Pacific region.

Table of Contents
Executive Summary 2 Chapter 1 Introduction 20 Building Blocks of U.S. Security Strategy and the Aircraft Carrier 20 Bottom-Up Review Establishes Carrier Force Size 21 Quadrennial Defense Review Reaffirms Carrier Force Size 21 General Characteristics of the Modern Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers 22 Aircraft Carriers Operate as Part of Battle Groups 24 The Aircraft Carrier’s Employment Cycle 26 Aircraft Carrier Force Structure and Acquisition Plan 28 The Nuclear Propulsion and Aircraft Carrier Programs 31 The Nuclear Power Debate 34 High Costs Led Navy to Stop Building Nuclear-Powered Surface Combatants 36 Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 38 Chapter 2 Operational Effectiveness of Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers 39 Both Types of Carriers Have Been Effective Fulfilling Forward Presence Requirements 39 Several Factors Affect the Time Needed for the Carrier Force to Respond to a Crisis or Major Theater War 49 Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers Were Both Effective in the Persian Gulf War 55 Conventionally and Nuclear-Powered Carriers Share Many Similar Characteristics and Capabilities but Differ in Others 62 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 72 Chapter 3 Life-Cycle Costs for Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers Are Greater Than for Conventionally Powered Carriers 74 What Is a Life-Cycle Cost Analysis? 75 Investment Costs Are Higher for Nuclear-Powered Carriers Than for Conventionally Powered Carriers 76 Nuclear Carriers Are More Expensive to Operate and Support Than Conventional Carriers 80 Nuclear Carriers Are More Costly to Inactivate and Dispose of Than Conventional Carriers 94 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 96 Page 14 GAO/NSIAD-98-1 Nuclear Carrier Cost-Effectiveness


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