Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress [January 20, 2012] [open pdf - 1MB]
"The term Deepwater referred to more than a dozen separate Coast Guard [CG] 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. Since April 2007, the Coast Guard has pursued them as separate acquisition programs. These 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 FY2012 budget submission proposed to eliminate the use of 'Deepwater' as a term for grouping or referring collectively to these acquisition programs. The budget submission stated that 'Consistent with the dissolution of Integrated CG Systems and the disaggregation of the Deepwater Acquisition into asset-based Acquisition Program Baselines, the proposed changes align projects that were formerly grouped under Integrated Deepwater Systems (IDS) with the existing authorized structure for Vessels, Aviation, Shore, Other Equipment, and Personnel and Management.'"
CRS Report for Congress, RL33753