Report on the Revised Implementation Plan
As a part of the Coast Guard’s fiscal year (FY) 2006 budget process, the Department of Homeland Security has approved a revised Implementation Plan for the Integrated Deepwater System and, with the strong support of the administration, forwarded it as a report to Congress on Mar. 25. Consistent with the President's FY 2006 budget and the Coast Guard's five-year Capital Investment Plan, this congressional report also presented the Deepwater assets the Coast Guard plans to deliver in each fiscal year through FY 2010.
As projected in the revised Implementation Plan, it is estimated that the Deepwater long-term acquisition will cost between $19 billion and $24 billion over a period of 20 to 25 years. The Deepwater Program is an essential element of the DHS strategy to reduce the future risk of a terrorist event in the homeland. To achieve this more secure future, the revised Deepwater Implementation Plan updates the original plan by modifying the original assets that would have been delivered by the Deepwater project to incorporate improved post-9/11 capabilities; retaining, upgrading, and converting aviation legacy assets (C-130s, H-60s, H-65s) as part of the Deepwater Program’s final asset mix; and advancing the delivery of the Fast Response Cutter and Offshore Patrol Cutter by 10 and five years to 2007 and 2010, respectively.
Deepwater's More Capable Functional Requirements
The revised Deepwater Implementation Plan incorporates more capable functional requirements outlined in the new post-9/11 Deepwater Mission Need Statement, including:
- An innovative, interoperable network-centric system for C4ISR improvements to harness the power of an interoperable network to improve performance in all mission areas to improve maritime domain awareness and provide a common operational picture—key to Coast Guard leading the inter-agency effort to know and respond to maritime conditions, anomalies, vulnerabilities, and threats. Improvements to C4ISR enable earlier awareness of events through the more effective gathering and fusing of terrorism-related information, analysis, coordination, response—all critical to detecting, deterring, and defeating terrorist attacks. Upgrades to Deepwater surface assets, for example, contribute directly to improved intelligence collection and fusion through a sophisticated Shipboard Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (S/SCIF), sensors, and increased data-exchange bandwidth;
- Improved maritime-security capabilities such as increased speed and integrated weapons systems on selected Deepwater cutters essential to higher levels of maritime homeland security during a terrorist attack, opposed boardings, and other high-risk operations;
- Helicopter airborne use of force and vertical insertion and delivery capabilities to allow helicopters to provide warning and/or disabling fire, and to deploy, deliver, and recover boarding teams safely and more effectively;
- Improved fixed-wing aircraft long-range surveillance to increase MDA and reduce maritime patrol aircraft shortfalls in operating hours; organic Coast Guard air transport will be able to deploy Maritime Safety and Security Teams and National Strike Force teams faster for response with their equipment.
- Improved capabilities for anti-terrorist/force protection on select Deepwater assets with all-weather self-defense and the ability to protect high-value assets; assets will have the capability to engage terrorists with higher assurance of survivability and continued mission capability; and
- Improved asset capabilities for detection and defense for chemical-biological-radiological (CBR) threats—essential to survival and continued operations during a CBR attack involving a weapon of mass destruction.
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