Today’s U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are the stunning result of over 2,000 companies in 46 states performing $5.8 billion worth of work. Comprised of men and women who provide parts and services for these great ships, the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) seeks to preserve the strength of the aircraft carrier force and promote the value of the aircraft carrier industrial base as a vital part of the nation’s overall defense structure.
This nationwide industrial base continually invests in new equipment, technology, and a workforce of more than 60,000 to design and build ships that evolve with national security strategy. These supply-chain companies depend on a steady and predictable carrier-program schedule, which is appropriated and authorized by Congress.
This year ACIBC is asking Congress for legislation that will enable the industry to supply the nation with the ships it requires.
The best approach to continue reducing the cost of the Ford-class is to employ a multi-ship procurement strategy with ship construction commencing on four-year intervals. This approach will maximize the material procurement savings benefit through economic order quantity (EOQ) procurement of material and supplies, improve industrial base stability and efficiency and provide labor stability and associated efficiencies.
This funding is used to develop aircraft carrier specific technologies with emphasis toward significant improvements in Ford-class affordability, reduced manpower, enhanced survivability and greater operational capability. This is accomplished through engineering support, programmatic support, logistics support, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation, manpower and related studies, and development of design support systems such as Integrated Digital Environment (IDE).
The RCOH program produces a re-capitalized carrier capable of continued operations for the remaining 23-plus years of ship life. Continued and steady multi-year funding is a proven cost-efficient acquisition approach for the RCOH program. The serial nature of the aircraft carrier RCOH program provides workforce and industrial base stability that generates efficiencies that contribute to strong, on-budget program performance.
Aircraft carriers are built and maintained with parts built by over 2,000 businesses spread out across the United States– helping inject $5.8 billion and over 63,000 jobs in communities across the country.
As the map below demonstrates, stability in aircraft carrier programs is critical not only to our national security, but also to the shipbuilding industrial base as well.
Data reflects spending between 2015-2019. Last updated March 2020.
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