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Navy Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: October 1, 2008
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report discusses the Navy's proposed FY2009 budget, which requested $2,107.0 million to complete the procurement funding for an 11th Virginia-class (SSN-774) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). This boat had already received $756.0 million in prior-year advance procurement funding.
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Navy Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Navy Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: April 29, 2009
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report discusses Navy procurement of Virginia-class (SSN-774) nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) at a rate of one-per-year for the past several years. The procurement rate is scheduled to increase to two boats per year starting in FY2011. A total of 11 boats have been procured through FY2009. The eight Virginia-class submarines to be procured in the five-year period FY2009-FY2013 (boats 11 through 18) are being procured under a multiyear procurement (MYP) arrangement.
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Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress

Date: July 1, 2008
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report discusses the 2007 restructuring of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, as well as various financial information relating to the program. The issue for Congress is whether to approve, reject, or modify the Navy's plans for the LCS program. The report raises potential oversight issues for Congress relating to various aspects of the program.
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Cluster Munitions: Background and Issues for Congress

Cluster Munitions: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: January 28, 2009
Creator: Feickert, Andrew
Description: This report discusses the background of cluster munitions in the U.S. military, and the current Department of Defense (DOD) and Obama Administration stances on the topic. It also discusses the two major international initiatives to address cluster munitions: the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and negotiations under the U.N. Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).
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North Korean Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States

North Korean Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States

Date: February 24, 2009
Creator: Hildreth, Steven A.
Description: This report briefly reviews North Korea's ballistic missile program. In summer 2007, North Korea tested modern, short-range missiles. In February 2009, South Korea reported the DPRK had deployed a new intermediate-range missile.
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Conventional Warheads for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Conventional Warheads for Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: January 26, 2009
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Description: This report provides an overview of the Administration's rationale for the possible deployment of conventional warheads on long-range ballistic missiles. It also reviews the Air Force and Navy efforts to develop these systems and summarizes congressional reaction to these proposals, with a more detailed account of the issues raised by these concepts and programs.
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The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program: Background and Current Developments

The Reliable Replacement Warhead Program: Background and Current Developments

Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: This report describes the Life Extension Program (LEP), which is meant to replace and maintain aging nuclear warheads. It includes extensive background information, program developments, fiscal year actions from 2006-2009, various policy options and issues, and supplemental information about the topic.
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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Updated "Safeguards" and Net Assessments

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Updated "Safeguards" and Net Assessments

Date: June 3, 2009
Creator: Medalia, Jonathan
Description: This report discusses the possibility of ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which would ban all nuclear explosions, focusing on "Safeguards" that nations can implement unilaterally to protect nuclear security. This report presents the Safeguards, updates them, discusses their implementation, and considers implications for CTBT ratification.
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Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons

Date: January 28, 2009
Creator: Woolf, Amy F.
Description: This report provides basic information about U.S. and Russian nonstrategic nuclear weapons. It includes a brief discussion of the differences between strategic and nonstrategic nuclear weapons; provides some historical background about nonstrategic nuclear weapons deployed by both nations during the Cold War and in the past decade; reviews the issues that have been raised regarding the continued deployment of these weapons; and concludes with a review of policy options that might be explored by Congress, the United States, Russia, and other nations.
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Navy Ship Names: Background For Congress

Navy Ship Names: Background For Congress

Date: July 15, 2008
Creator: Stathis, Stephen W.
Description: This report discusses the process of naming Navy ships, which have traditionally been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy. Congress in recent years has proposed, and sometimes passed, legislation regarding the naming of specific ships.
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