Sources: Reduced buy would raise LCS costs by at least 10 percent

By Justin Doubleday Lee Hudson / December 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM
Amid vows by lawmakers representing shipyards in Alabama and Wisconsin to battle Defense Secretary Ash Carter's decision to truncate the Littoral Combat Ship program, congressional sources say the reduced buy could raise the cost of a single LCS by as much as $100 million. In a Dec. 14 memo to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Carter admonishes the service for submitting a fiscal year 2017 budget that does not correct a “trend of prioritizing quantity over lethality.” He directs the Navy...

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