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Navy finds way to keep Columbia-class design work funded as contract negotiations continue

January 10, 2017 |
Jason Sherman
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The Pentagon has modified an existing contract with General Dynamics for work on the Columbia-class submarine, a move intended to effectively provide a funding bridge to ensure the program's schedule -- which Navy leaders say has little margin for delay -- is not adversely affected by disruptions in finalizing a detail design and construction contract, now expected in "early" 2017. On Jan. 4, Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall approved the Navy's request to transition the new ballistic missile...

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