U.S. Navy’s new sub risks blowing past $128B, GAO says

THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE said that the $128 billion Columbia-class nuclear-powered submarine appears to be underfunded and is at risk for increased costs and schedule delays. Above, U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen ride aboard a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat after participating in an International Special Operations Forces capacities exercise. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE said that the $128 billion Columbia-class nuclear-powered submarine appears to be underfunded and is at risk for increased costs and schedule delays. Above, U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen ride aboard a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat after participating in an International Special Operations Forces capacities exercise. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT
NEW YORK - The U.S. Navy underplayed the development risks posed by key technologies for its new $128 billion Columbia-class nuclear-powered submarine, the Government Accountability Office said. If the risks materialize, they are likely to result in increased costs and schedule delays for a program that already appears to be underfunded, the watchdog agency said in…

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