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Surface Combatants

By Davis, Richard

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Book Id: WPLBN0000134207
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Reproduction Date: 2008
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Title: Surface Combatants  
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 Navy currently spends about $3 billion each year to modernize its surface combatant force. The high cost of these ships, especially the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer at about $870 million per ship, raises questions about whether the Navy will be able to sustain the fleet size it says is needed to achieve U.S. national security objectives. As a result of these concerns, GAO initiated a review to determine (1) the basis for the Navy’s current and future force size, (2) the Navy’s plans to sustain the current force size into the next century, and (3) key factors that could affect future force requirements.

Table of Contents
Contents Executive Summary 2 Chapter 1 Introduction 14 Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 27 Chapter 2 Surface Combatant Program Is Not Clearly Linked to the National Military Strategy 31 Revised Defense Strategies Have Reduced the Size of the Surface Combatant Force 31 Current Strategy Calls for Fighting Two Conflicts 33 Forward Deployed Ships Help Satisfy Crisis Response and Presence Mandates 35 Forward Presence Is a Key Component of Defense Strategy 37 Force Size Varies Widely Based on Assumptions 40 Chapter 3 Navy Can Sustain Its Current Force Size Through 2013 43 Ship Retirements Could Affect Future Surface Combatant Requirements 43 Retaining Ships Longer Helps to Mitigate New Construction Requirements 47 Navy May Have Difficulty Financing Its Shipbuilding Program 52 Chapter 4 Several Factors Could Affect the Future Surface Combatant Force 60 Near-term Decisions Could Affect the Force for Many Decades 60 Review May Change DOD Planning Parameters for Meeting National Security Objectives 62 New Capabilities Could Affect Surface Combatant Roles and Missions 63 Arsenal Ship Could Significantly Augment Surface Force Capabilities 67 Opportunities May Exist to Improve Force Efficiencies 69 Chapter 5 Conclusions and Recommendations 71 Conclusions 71 Recommendations 73 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 74


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