This research brief describes work documented in The U.S. Submarine Production Base: An Analysis of Cost, Schedule, and Risk for Selected Force Structures (MR-456-OSD).

Excerpt: The current U.S. attack submarine production program is coming to an end. After decades of building three or more submarines annually, there have been no construction starts since 1991. It is generally believed that the current fleet of Los Angeles-class attack submarines is big enough to meet U.S. security needs for many years. Superficially, it may seem appropriate, especially given budgetary constraints, to suspend submarine production for a period of time.

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