Navy DD(X), CG(X), and LCS Ship Acquisition Programs: Oversight Issues and Options for Congress [Updated March 7, 2006] [open pdf - 441KB]
From the Summary: "The Navy wants to procure three new classes of surface combatants -- the DD(X) destroyer, the CG(X) cruiser, and a smaller surface combatant called the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The Navy reportedly wants to procure a total of 7 DD(X)s, 19 CG(X)s, and 55 LCSs. The first two DD(X)s are to be procured in FY2007, with each ship being split-funded (i.e., incrementally funded) across FY2007 and FY2008. The estimated cost of each of the first two ships is $3,291 million, for a total of $6,582 million. The two ships have received a total of $1,010 million in FY2005 and FY2006 advance procurement funding. The FY2007 budget requests an additional $2,568 million in procurement funding for the two ships. The final $3,004 million in procurement funding for the two ships is to be requested in FY2008. The Navy estimates that the next three DD(X)s will cost an average of roughly $2.5 billion each. The total estimated procurement cost for the first five DD(X)s has increased about 3.2% from the total shown in the FY2006 budget submitted to Congress in early 2005. The first CG(X) is to be procured in FY2011. […] Options for Congress on the LCS program include shifting procurement funding for LCS mission modules to the Navy's ship-procurement account; procuring a few LCSs and then evaluating them before deciding whether to put the LCS into larger-scale series production; procuring LCSs at a rate of up to 10 per year; procuring LCSs at a rate of less than 6 per year; and terminating the LCS program and instead investing more in other littoral-warfare improvements. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32109