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Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, And Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009--Continued

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CONSOLIDATED SECURITY, DISASTER ASSISTANCE, AND CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2009--Continued -- (Senate - September 27, 2008)

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DDG--1000 ZUMWALT DESTROYER PROGRAM

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr Chairman, I would like to clarify language included in the fiscal year 2009 Defense Appropriations bill that addresses the Navy's DDG-1000 Zumwalt destroyer program.

Mr. INOUYE. The bill supports the Navy's DDG-1000 program, which incrementally funds the third ship, directs that a construction contract consistent with the ship's current acquisition schedule be awarded, and directs that the remaining funds necessary to complete the third ship be included in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

Mr. KENNEDY. Mr. Chairman, the language also identifies a requirement for the Navy to have future shipbuilding requirements reviewed by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, or JROC, before moving forward with any modifications to the existing Navy shipbuilding program of record and before any funds can be obligated for surface combatants. I understand that this requirement is a result of significant instability in the Navy's surface combatant shipbuilding program; however, I would like to be clear that the intent of the bill is to award a contract for a third DDG-1000 in fiscal year 2009 that would be split funded between fiscal year 2009 an fiscal year 2010.

Mr. INOUYE. That is correct. I fully expect the Joint Requirements Oversight Council to review future Navy surface combatant requirements so that the results of this review will be available as the Department considers future shipbuilding plans and any adjustments to the program that may be required in future budget submissions.

Mr. KENNEDY. Thank you, Mr Chairman. Your support of the Zumwalt program is appreciated.


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