Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress, August 15, 2017

The Congressional Research Service has issued an updated edition of their their report, “Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress,” authored by their specialist in Naval Affair, Ronald O’Rourke. You can get it in pdf format here. 

2 thoughts on “Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress, August 15, 2017

  1. Re CRS FFG(X) Septemer 28, 2017 report by specialist in Naval Affair, Ronald O’Rourke.

    “Acquisition Strategy
    Parent-Design Approach
    The Navy’s desire to procure the first FFG(X) in FY2020 does not allow enough time to develop
    a completely new design (i.e., a clean-sheet design) for the FFG(X). (Using a clean-sheet design
    might defer the procurement of the first ship to about FY2023.) Consequently, the Navy intends
    to build the FFG(X) to a modified version of an existing ship design—an approach called the
    parent-design approach. The parent design could be a U.S. ship design or a foreign ship design.
    Using the parent-design approach can reduce design time and design cost, and can also reduce
    technical, schedule, and cost risk in building the ship. The Coast Guard and the Navy are
    currently using the parent-design approach for the Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker program. The
    parent-design approach has also been used in the past for other Navy and Coast Guard ships,
    including Navy mine warfare ships and the Coast Guard’s new Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).”

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