Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress [December 22, 2020] [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Introduction: "This report provides background information and issues for Congress on the Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) program. The Navy's original FY2021 budget submission requests $4,235.9 million (i.e., about $4.2 billion) in procurement and advance procurement (AP) funding for the program. Press reports in late November 2020 stated that the Trump Administration, as an 11th-hour amendment to the Navy's original FY2021 budget submission, had decided to request the procurement of a second Virginia-class boat in FY2021, and will work with Congress to identify offsets to the Department of Defense's (DOD's) FY2021 budget to pay for procuring a second Virginia-class boat in FY2021. CRS [Congressional Research Service] as of December 1, 2020, had not received any documentation from the Administration detailing the exact changes to the Virginia-class program procurement and AP funding lines that would result from this reported change. Pending the delivery of that information from the Administration, this CRS report continues to use the originally requested FY2021 procurement and AP funding figures for the Virginia-class program in its tables and narrative discussions. Decisions that Congress makes on procurement of Virginia-class boats could substantially affect U.S. Navy capabilities and funding requirements, and the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32418
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/