The Congressional Research Service issued updates to both their Polar Security Cutter (heavy icebreaker) program and Cutter Procurement reports on 22 December. (These links will always take you to the latest version of the reports.)
I haven’t really gotten into these revisions yet, but I would expect that any changes would likely be in the “Legislative Activity for FY2023” sections particularly the House-Senate (HAC-SAC) portion. Even a quick scan of the Cutter Procurement report shows how little guidance in the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) meant to the actual budget negotiations.
The Polar Security Cutter report, of course, notes the sale of VT Halter to Bollinger.
Hopefully, I will have more commentary, but wanted to get the word out ASAP.
Paging Chuck Hill, your presence is wanted in the ward room.
What do you think of the idea of having the LCS permanently assigned to SOUTHCOM. This article talks about it.
Could the LCS fleet be getting a new mission?