Ahoy Council Presidents, There have been quite a number of messages back and forth on NLUS Legislative Affairs. One may be found below. If you would like toMessage 1 of 2 , Mar 12View SourceAhoy Council Presidents,There have been quite a number of messages back and forth on NLUS Legislative Affairs. One may be found below.If you would like to read them or someone else in your council would, let me know and I will forward them on. The various NLUS presentations have been updated and will be updated again as soon as the NLUS Maritime Policy Statement is updated and published - likely before Sea Air Space, http://www.seaairspace.org, April 8 -10, 2013.If you or someone in your council has an interest, I can forward them on.Also if you or someone in your council desires NLUS legislative affairs training, I remain the contact.The Pacific Central Region has changes in our list of members of Congress. Virtually all need to be visited. Letters need to be written and sent to members of Congress (fax or E-mail) and media editors. There will be a discussion on legislative affairs at our region meeting Saturday. I will have a list of the members of Congress there but you can easily find out who is who representing what districts online. I particularly find GovTrack.us, http://www.govtrack.us, helpful.Please, report back to me promptly if you or members of your council have done something meaningful in the realm of NLUS Legislative Affairs or Community Service Organizations Presentations.Thanks,PhelpsPhelps Hobart
----- Original Message -----From: Sara FuentesSent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:59 PMSubject: New CRS Report on Navy Shipbuilding
Allattached please find the 2013 CRS Report on Navy Force Structure and Shipbuilding Plans. Ive pasted the CRS summary and an article highlighting the CR issues below.
Navy officials state that although there is much current focus on the potential impacts on the
military services of a sequestration of FY2013 DOD funding, the Navy is equally (if not more)
concerned about the potential impact on the Navy of an extension of the current continuing
resolution, or CR (H.J.Res. 117/P.L. 112-175 of September 28, 2012), through the end of the
fiscal year. Shipbuilding and related programs that could experience execution problems under a
year-long CR include the CVN-78 aircraft carrier program, the CVN Refueling Complex
Overhaul (RCOH) program, the DDG-51 program, the DDG-1000 program, an amphibious
assault ship (LHA) funded in a prior year, and the Moored Training Ship. On February 8, 2013,
the Navy announced that, due to a lack of funding under the CR, it has postponed the RCOH of
the aircraft carrier CVN-72. A sequester on FY2013 DOD funding could cause additional
program-execution problems in Navy shipbuilding programs.
The planned size of the Navy, the rate of Navy ship procurement, and the prospective
affordability of the Navys shipbuilding plans have been matters of concern for the congressional
defense committees for the past several years. In January 2013, the Navy presented to Congress a
goal of achieving and maintaining a fleet of 306 ships, consisting of certain types and quantities
of ships. The Navys proposed FY2013 budget requests funding for the procurement of 10 new
battle force ships (i.e., ships that count against the 306 ship goal). The 10 ships include one
Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) class aircraft carrier, two Virginia-class attack submarines, two DDG-
51 class Aegis destroyers, four Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), and one Joint High Speed Vessel
(JHSV). These ships are funded through the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy (SCN) account.
The FY2013-FY2017 five-year shipbuilding plan contains a total of 41 ships14 ships, or about
25%, less than the 55 ships in the FY2012 five-year (FY2012-FY2016) shipbuilding plan, and 16
ships, or about 28%, less than the 57 ships that were planned for FY2013-FY2017 under the
FY2012 budget. Of the 16 ships no longer planned for FY2013-FY2017, 9 were eliminated from
the Navys shipbuilding plan and 7 were deferred to years beyond FY2017. The Navys proposed
FY2013 budget also proposes the early retirement of seven Aegis cruisers and the placement into
Reduced Operating Status (ROS) of two LSD-type amphibious ships.
The Navys FY2013 30-year (FY2013-FY2042) shipbuilding plan, which was submitted to
Congress on March 28, 2012 (more than a month after the submission of the FY2013 budget on
February 13, 2012), does not include enough ships to fully support all elements of the Navys 306
ship goal over the long run. The Navy projects that the fleet would remain below 310 ships during
most of the 30-year period, and experience shortfalls at various points in cruisers-destroyers,
attack submarines, and amphibious ships.
In its July 2012 report on the cost of the FY2013 30-year shipbuilding plan, the Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the plan would cost an average of $20.0 billion per year in
constant FY2012 dollars to implement, or about 19% more than the Navy estimates. CBOs
estimate is about 11% higher than the Navys estimate for the first 10 years of the plan, about
13% higher than the Navys estimate for the second 10 years of the plan, and about 33% higher
than the Navys estimate for the final 10 years of the plan. Some of the difference between CBOs
estimate and the Navys estimate, particularly in the latter years of the plan, is due to a difference
between CBO and the Navy in how to treat inflation in Navy shipbuilding.
CR Could Pose Greater Challenges For U.S. Navy Than Other Services
By Michael Fabey
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
March 08, 2013
An extension of the continuing resolution (CR) budget cap could create more headaches for the U.S. Navy than for the other services, a recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report says.
A CR based on the previous fiscal years DOD (Defense Department) appropriations act can, due to the structure of the DOD appropriations act, cause program-execution challenges for Navy shipbuilding that are more particular than those that might occur for other areas of defense procurement, CRS says in a recently released report on Navy shipbuilding.
The paragraph in the annual DOD appropriations act that provides funding for most Navy shipbuilding programs (that is, the paragraph for the Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, appropriation account), unlike the paragraphs for other DOD procurement accounts, not only states the total amount of funding for the account, CRS says, but also explicitly delineates funding for individual shipbuilding programs within the account. In fact, the language not only delineates funding for individual shipbuilding programs, but also divides some of those programs further into separate line items covering procurement and advanced procurement, according to CRS.
As a result, a CR that is based on the previous years DOD appropriations act can lead to a program-level misalignment in funding for executing current-year Navy shipbuilding programs. In general, the longer into the fiscal year that the government operates under such a CR, the greater the program-execution challenges resulting from this misalignment can be.
CRS also reports, Particular program-execution challenges can arise in Navy shipbuilding when the current year budget for a shipbuilding program requests a larger quantity for a shipbuilding program than was funded in the previous fiscal years budget, because the Navy under the CR may lack authority to execute a year-to-year increase in quantity for a shipbuilding program. In programs where there is no difference in FY2012 and FY2013 quantities, differences between fiscal 2012-enacted funding and fiscal 2013-requested funding could create either fiscal 2013 execution challenges (if the fiscal 2013 requested amount is higher) or situations where the amount of funding available in fiscal 2013 is excess to fiscal 2013 need (if the fiscal 2012 funding is higher).
Programs where the fiscal 2012-enacted quantity is higher than the requested fiscal 2013 could similarly create situations of where the amount of funding available in fiscal 2013 is excess to fiscal 2013 need, CRS says.
The Navy already avoided a major work delay in the planned midlife overhaul for aircraft carrier CVN-72 Abraham Lincoln through a congressional reprogramming in late September 2012, which converted the CVN-72 work into a fiscal 2012 start instead of a fiscal 2013 start.
But there could still be a problem, CRS says, arising from a lack of sufficient fiscal 2013 funds for the job.
The House has passed fiscal 2013 budget legislation that would keep non-military spending at fiscal 2012 levels but provide new appropriations for the military, thus sparing the Pentagon the effects of a full-year CR.
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