Navy Nuclear-Powered Surface Ships: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress [Updated July 17, 2009] [open pdf - 309KB]
From the report, "Some Members of Congress, particularly on the House Armed Services Committee, have expressed interest in expanding the use of nuclear power to a wider array of Navy surface ships, including the Navy's planned CG(X) cruiser. Section 1012 of the FY2008 defense authorization act (H.R. 4986/P.L. 110-181 of January 28, 2008) makes it U.S. policy to construct the major combatant ships of the Navy, including the CG(X), with integrated nuclear power systems, unless the Secretary of Defense submits a notification to Congress that the inclusion of an integrated nuclear power system in a given class of ship is not in the national interest. The Navy has studied nuclear power as a design option for the CG(X), but has not yet announced whether it would prefer to build the CG(X) as a nuclear-powered ship. The Navy's proposed FY2010 budget defers the planned procurement of the first CG(X) from FY2011 (the scheduled date under the FY2009 budget) to a year beyond FY2015, most likely FY2017."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33946