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National Academies of Science calls for $3.1B program to buy four heavy polar icebreakers

July 11, 2017 |
Jason Sherman
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A federal advisory panel recommends in a new report the U.S. government launch a $3.1 billion program to develop and build a fleet of four heavy icebreakers to modernize the Coast Guard's polar operational capability needed to advance strategic national interests in Arctic and Antarctic regions. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in a report requested by Congress and published July 11 , recommends the government execute a block-buy contract to acquire the new ships, which would deliver...

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