Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter (Polar Icebreaker) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated February 15, 2019] [open pdf - 2MB]
"This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Coast Guard's program for acquiring new polar icebreakers. The program was previously known as the polar icebreaker (PIB) program. It is now called the Polar Security Cutter (PSC) program, though many observers may continue, as a matter of convenience, to refer to it as the polar icebreaker program. The Coast Guard's proposed FY2019 budget requests $750 million in acquisition funding for the program. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Administration's FY2019 acquisition funding request for the PSC program, and, more generally, whether to approve, reject, or modify the Coast Guard's overall plan for procuring new polar icebreakers. Congress's decisions on this issue could affect Coast Guard funding requirements, the Coast Guard's ability to perform its polar missions, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34391
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/