U.S. nuclear-armed sub may cost more than Navy says, GAO warns

THE GAO WARNED that the U.S. Navy's cost estimates for the Columbia-Class submarine may rise due to unreliable cost estimates. / COURTESY GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT
THE GAO WARNED that the U.S. Navy's cost estimates for the Columbia-Class submarine may rise due to unreliable cost estimates. / COURTESY GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT
NEW YORK – The U.S. Navy may have to ask Congress to boost funding in fiscal 2021 to buy the first in its new 12-ship fleet of nuclear-armed submarines because of unreliable cost estimates, according to congressional auditors. The service’s current procurement cost estimate and design goal are suspect and require updates before those dollars…

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