July 20, 2005
More testimony on DDX
Hearings on the DD(X) destroyer program by the Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee continue today.
"The DD(X) program is approaching two key decision points," noted HASC Chairman Roscoe Bartlett, yesterday. "One is a Major Defense Acquisition Program Milestone B review in which the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) will decide whether to authorize the award of a detail design and construction contract for production of the lead ship(s). The program is also scheduled to complete a critical design review by August 2005 that is intended to demonstrate the design maturity of the ship and its readiness to proceed to the next phase of the program."
"Coincident with this milestone decision," noted Chgairman Bartlett, "issues have been raised about significant growth in the cost of the DD(X) and whether or not the DD(X) is both cost-effective and affordable in the context of the Navy's operational requirements and overall ship procurement program. Implications to the Navy's shipbuilding industrial base of proposed changes in the DD(X) acquisition strategy and reduced procurement rate are also of concern.
Go to http://armedservices.house.gov/schedules, scroll down to today's listing and click on the microphone symbol to listen in live to the hearings which are scheduled to start at 2.00 pm. Today's witnesses are from industry.
If you missed yesterday's hearings, there are links on the same page to the prepared statements of several of yesterday's witnesses. As ever, the comments from Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, are particularly informative.