Navy Planning for Sustaining The Fleet Is Lacking

Navy Planning for Sustaining The Fleet Is Lacking
U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Ernest R. Scott

For three years in a row, the Navy has requested $40 billion annually to build, operate and sustain its ships, but the service has put insufficient thought into how early decisions could reduce those sustainment costs in the future, according to a Government Accountability Office new report.

Each year the Navy spends billions of dollars on shipbuilding, but the acquisition phase only accounts for about 30 percent of a ship program's total life-cycle cost, according to the GAO's Navy Shipbuilding: Increasing Focus on Sustainment Early in the Acquisition Process Could Save Billions.

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