Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress [Updated October 9, 2008] [open pdf - 323KB]
This CRS report discusses the Coast Guard's management of Deepwater acquisition. "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 had 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)."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33753