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Navy Ships: Lessons of Prior Programs May Reduce New Attack Submarine Cost Increases and Delays

NSIAD-95-4 Published: Oct 20, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 20, 1994.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's plans to incorporate lessons learned from prior submarine programs into the design and construction of the NSSN, a new class of nuclear-powered attack submarine.


Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense To allow an assessment of how the Navy will avoid a repetition of past problems, the Secretary of Defense should ensure that the formal NSSN acquisition strategy explicitly documents how the Navy is to address and incorporate the management and technical lessons from prior submarine programs.
Closed – Implemented
The thrust of the GAO findings is being incorporated into the New Attack Submarine program.

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