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Navy Ford (CVN-78) Class Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress [June 16, 2017]   [open pdf - 6MB]

"CVN-78, CVN-79, CVN-80, and CVN-81 are the first four ships in the Navy's new Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) [...] Oversight issues for Congress for the CVN-78 program (and other carrier-related issues) for FY2018 included the following: [1] whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy's FY2018 procurement requests for the CVN-78 program; [2] whether to provide advance procurement (AP) funding in FY2018 for the purchase of materials for CVN-81, so as to accelerate the procurement of the ship to a year earlier than FY2023 and/or initiate a combined purchase of materials for CVN-80 and CVN-81 or a block buy contract for the two ships; [3] cost growth in the CVN-78 program, Navy efforts to stem that growth, and Navy efforts to manage costs so as to stay within the program's cost caps; [4] CVN-78 program issues that were raised in a December 2016 report from the Department of Defense's (DOD's) Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E); and [5] whether the Navy should shift at some point from procuring large-deck, nuclear-powered carriers like the CVN-78 class to procuring smaller aircraft carriers."

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CRS Report for Congress, RS20643
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2017-06-16
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