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Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress [Updated June 24, 2020]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Introduction: "This report provides background information and potential oversight issues for Congress on the Columbia-class program, a program to design and build a class of 12 new ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy's current force of 14 aging Ohio-class SSBNs. The Navy has identified the Columbia-class program as the Navy's top priority program. The Navy wants to procure the first Columbia-class boat in FY2021. The Navy's proposed FY2021 budget requests $2,891.5 million in procurement funding, $1,123.2 million in advance procurement (AP) funding, and $397.3 million in research and development funding for the program. The program poses a number of funding and oversight issues for Congress. [...] This report focuses on the Columbia-class program as a Navy shipbuilding program. Another CRS [Congressional Research Service] report--CRS Report RL33640, 'U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues,' by Amy F. Woolf--discusses the Columbia class as an element of future U.S. strategic nuclear forces in the context of strategic nuclear arms modernization efforts and arms control agreements."

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CRS Report for Congress, R41129
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2020-06-24
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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