Future of USCG Deepwater Clouded

Friday, February 16, 2007
In the wake of Coast Guard Commandant’s Thad Allen’s report to Congress regarding the Coast Guard and the 2008 budget, question linger as to the progress and future direction of the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS), the Guard’s far-reaching but recently embattled plan to replace or modernize major Coast Guard cutters, offshore patrol boats, fixed-wing aircraft, multi-missioned helicopters and the communications equipment, sensors, and logistics systems.

In his appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives on February 15, he said this regarding IDS: “The Coast Guard is also taking important steps to improve the management of the program by evaluating of the current acquisition strategy and reassessment of the acquisitions management structure.”

It appears that all options are open regarding the future of the contract. We need to evaluate all options, and we haven't made a decision yet, Allen said, according to a Bloomberg report. We're asking, can the contract be modified to meet some of the goals expressed in the hearing? Deepwater, the Coast Guard's largest ever acquisition, was launched as a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. The cost was originally projected at $17 billion over 25 years before the Coast Guard last year increased the price by $7 billion and extended the time frame to 30 years.

Senator John Kerry is leading the charge to drop Lockheed and Northrop and put the contract out for competitive bids.

"The Coast Guard's Deepwater Program has been plagued by poor engineering, lax oversight, and cost overruns that will cost taxpayers billions of dollars,” Kerry said. “The flawed management structure of the program allowed the private contractors, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, to make management decisions that increased their bottom lines at the expense of taxpayers and national security.”

"When the current Deepwater contract expires in June, the Coast Guard should drop Lockheed and Northrop and hold an open and competitive bidding process for the remaining aspects of the program and ensure that management decisions are made by solely by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard should also explore every legal option to re-coup funding from Lockheed/Northrop that it spent on poorly designed ships.”

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter February 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Coast Guard

N.E. Fishermen Warned of Extreme Cold, Wind Chills

The Coast Guard is urging the Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishing fleet to take caution heading into the weekend when life threatening temperatures and wind chills are forecasted.

Owner Fined for 'Dangerously Unsafe' Vessel

The owner of a harbor tanker has been fined £3,000 with more than £7,000 costs after pleading guilty to a charge of operating a vessel for being dangerously unsafe.

Philippines Mulls Bilateral Sea Talks with China

The Philippines may consider two-way talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea but only if it wins its case with Beijing at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague,

Maritime Safety

N.E. Fishermen Warned of Extreme Cold, Wind Chills

The Coast Guard is urging the Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishing fleet to take caution heading into the weekend when life threatening temperatures and wind chills are forecasted.

Maersk to Scrap Ships at India's Alang Beaches, NGO Dismayed

Maersk Line said on Friday it had chosen four shipbreaking yards along India's Alang beaches to handle an increase in vessels that need to be scrapped, to the dismay

Video: Catapult Testing on Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0797 sec (13 req/sec)