Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress [October 21, 2011] [open pdf - 529KB]
"This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Navy's SSBN(X) program, a program to develop and procure 12 new ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) as replacements for the Navy's current force of 14 Ohio-class SSBNs. The SSBN(X) program is also known as the Ohio replacement program (ORP). The Navy's proposed FY2012 budget requests $1,067 million in research and development funding for the SSBN(X) program. Decisions that Congress makes on the SSBN(X) program could substantially affect U.S. military capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base. This report focuses on the SSBN(X) as a Navy shipbuilding program. Another CRS report discusses the SSBN(X) as an element of future U.S. strategic nuclear forces in the context of strategic nuclear arms control agreements."
CRS Report for Congress, R41129