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DOD Leases of Foreign-Built Ships: Background for Congress [Updated June 15, 2007]   [open pdf - 71KB]

From the Summary: "The Department of Defense (DOD) in recent years has leased some foreign-built cargo ships for total periods, including options and renewals, of almost 10 years -- a length of time that some observers argue effectively circumvents a legal requirement that U.S. military ships be built in U.S. shipyards. These observers, particularly the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), have proposed reducing the current five-year legal limit on ship leases to two years for foreign-built ships. DOD argues that its ship leases are the most cost-effective way to meet its needs for the ships in question, and opposes the idea of reducing the leasing term from five years to two years for foreign-built ships. The House-reported version of the FY2008 defense authorization bill (H.R.1585) includes a provision (Section 1011) that would limit the terms of future leases of foreign-built ships to no more than two years. This CRS [Congressional Research Service] report will be updated when events warrant."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS22454
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2007-06-15
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