Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress [January 14, 2011] [open pdf - 421KB]
This Congressional Research Service (CRS) report provides an updated overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Acquisition Programs. "The term Deepwater refers to a collection of more than a dozen Coast Guard acquisition programs for replacing and modernizing the service's aging fleet of deepwater-capable ships and aircraft. Until April 2007, the Coast Guard pursued these programs as a single, integrated acquisition program that was known as the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program or Deepwater program for short. The now-separated Deepwater acquisition programs include plans for, among other things, 91 new cutters, 124 new small boats, and 247 new or modernized airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) [...]. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2011 budget requested $1,112.5 million in acquisition funding for Deepwater programs, including $101.0 million for aircraft, $856.0 million for surface ships and boats, and $155.5 million for other items."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33753