Commandant Appears Before Another House Committee

Admiral Thad Allen appeared this morning before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs to testify on the procurement practices and the state of the Integrated Deepwater System.

Some of his statements:

We have to get this right: the Coast Guard’s future readiness depends on it. America depends on it.

the original Deepwater plan was estimated to cost $17 billion and now we’re projecting a $24 billion price tag over 25 years. However, it’s imperative to understand that the main driver of cost increases was the complete revision of the original plan to meet post 9/11 mission requirements. New missions meant that we needed more capable assets which cost more to acquire and build.

In the coming months, you will see significant changes inside the Coast Guard’s acquisition directorate to bring all acquisition efforts – traditional as well as system-of-systems – under one organization. Rear Admiral Blore will become the Coast Guard’s Chief Acquisition Officer, with responsibility over all procurement projects, including Deepwater and the continued management of ongoing projects such a Rescue 21, our Response Boat-Medium and Nationwide Automatic Identification System.

We are also taking steps to limit the use of self-certification by ICGS by requiring that new cutters be classified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to High Speed Naval Craft Rules

The future security and well-being of our maritime borders depends on our ability to manage the Deepwater Program and successfully deliver the ships and aircraft to our men and women of the fleet. I know you’re anxious for results; I am too, and I assure you nobody is as anxious as the men and women of the Coast Guard. We are on the path to change and we will not stop until Coast Guard has the tools it needs to protect America.

I am the Commandant of the Coast Guard, I am responsible, and I will do this right.

The entire statement is available in PDF file or a Word document.

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