Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 and the Future Years Defense Program, Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session on S. 3254 to Authorize Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 for Military Activities of the Department of Defense, for Military Construction, and for Defense Activities of the Department of Energy, to Prescribe Military Personnel Strengths for Such Fiscal Year, and for Other Purposes, Part 2, Seapower, April 19 and 26, 2012   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is part 2 of the "Department of Defense Authorization" hearing held in April 2012 before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Jack Reed: "The Navy continues to be faced with a number of critical issues as it tries to balance its modernization and procurement needs against the cost of current operations. The shipbuilding budget remains at a level where it will be difficult at best to field the Navy we want, and indeed even the Navy that we need. With that in mind, we need to ensure that we are getting good value for every shipbuilding dollar that we spend. We were very pleased to see the Department of Defense's (DOD) original decision to budget for two 'Virginia'-class submarines per year, but are troubled by the new shipbuilding plan that would delay one of the two fiscal year 2014 boats until fiscal 2018. We know that the Navy and contractor team are able to drive down costs under the two boats per year plan. We will need to hear more about why the Navy made this change and what options may exist for reinstating the two boats per year plan." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jack Reed, Sean J. Stackley, Kevin M. McCoy, John T. Blake, William R. Burke, and Richard P. Mills.

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S. Hrg.112-590, Pt.2; Senate Hearing 112-590, Part 2
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