Continuing Resolution, Changes in the Wind

Ryan Erickson is reporting that a continuing resolution has passed the house and will now go to the Senate. (Hopefully  the Federal Government won’t have to shutdown.) In addition to authorizing expenditures, included in the bill is language that will allow the Coast Guard to make some changes, that include decommissioning three ships.

“…the Coast Guard may decommission one Medium Endurance Cutter, two High Endurance Cutters, four HU–25 aircraft, the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center, and one Maritime Safety and Security Team, and make staffing changes at the Coast Guard Investigative Service…”

There is more detail in Ryan’s article, but a couple of numbers stood our for me.

“…$73,200,000 shall be for vessels, small boats, critical infrastructure and related equipment…” in the AC&I budget, and additionally

… $1,191,502,000 shall be for the Integrated Deepwater Systems program…of the funds made available for the Integrated Deepwater Systems program, $103,000,000 is for aircraft and $933,002,000 is for surface ships.” So there is $155.5M in the Deepwater Budget that is not for aircraft or ships?

Presumably the Deepwater money for surface ships includes exercising the option for the fifth National Security Cutter (about $480M based on the last award) and four more Fast Response Cutters, #9-12 (about $166M based on the last award)

That would still leave about $287M. Could it be that the programs are accelerating? Can someone fill us in?

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  2. This is what I found in the Homeland Security Department FY 2011 “Budget-in-Brief” (www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/budget_bib_fy2011.pdf) page 90.
    The numbers aren’t much different and probably account for virtually all of the Continuing Resolution:

    “Recapitalize Operating Assets and Sustain Infrastructure

    “Surface Assets……………………………………………………………………………….. $856M (0 FTE)

    “The budget provides $856M for surface asset recapitalization or enhancement initiatives: production of National Security Cutter (NSC) #5; continued analysis and design of the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC); production of Fast Response Cutters (FRC) #9 – #12; production of Cutter Small Boats – one Long Range
    Interceptor and one Short Range Prosecutor; and operational enhancement of three Medium Endurance Cutters at the Coast Guard Yard through the Mission Effectiveness Project.

    “Air Assets………………………………$101M (0 FTE)

    “The budget provides $101M for the following air asset recapitalization or enhancement initiatives: production of HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft #15; HH-60 engine sustainment and avionics, wiring and sensor upgrades for eight aircraft; HC-130H avionics and sensor development and testing, and the acquisition of components for two center wing box replacements; and HC-130J fleet introduction.

    “Asset Recapitalization – Other ……………………………………………………. $155.5M (0 FTE)

    “The budget provides $155.5M for the following equipment and services: continued development of logistics capability and facility upgrades at shore sites where new assets will be homeported; and design and development of command, control, computer, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) integrated hardware and software systems for surface and air assets.”

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