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Pentagon Muzzles GAO’s Doubts About Nuclear-Armed Submarine’s Schedule

  • Most of the report was labeled ‘Controlled Unclassified’
  • The $132 billion Columbia class will be part of nuclear triad
Artist rendering of the Columbia-class submarine.
Artist rendering of the Columbia-class submarine.Source: US Navy/General Dynamics
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A congressional watchdog probably won’t release a sanitized audit raising questions about the construction timetable for the Navy’s next-generation submarine because Pentagon censorship has gutted the document, the agency said.

The Government Accountability Office report gives away the gist of its findings with its title: “Columbia Class Submarine: Construction Schedule Is Not Reliable.” But the GAO said the Navy and Pentagon blacked out so much of the report that it won’t be able to say much more.