Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans: Background and Issues for Congress [October 6, 2021] [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Summary: "The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy's force-level goal, its proposed FY2022 shipbuilding program, and its longer-term shipbuilding plans. Key questions for Congress include the following: Is the Navy's emerging force-level goal appropriate for supporting U.S. national security strategy and U.S. national defense strategy? Is the more distributed fleet architecture envisioned by the Navy the most cost effective fleet architecture for meeting future mission needs? Is the Navy's proposed FY2022 shipbuilding program consistent with the Navy's emerging force-level goal? Given finite defense resources and competing demands for defense funds, what is the prospective affordability of the Navy's shipbuilding plans? Does the U.S. shipbuilding industry, including both shipyards and supplier firms, have adequate capacity for executing the Navy's shipbuilding plans?"
CRS Report for Congress, RL32665
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/