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Acquisition Decision Memorandum

Columbia Costs: Is It $100B OR $128B? Well, Yes. Read Kendall’s ADM Memo.

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Replacing aging Ohio-class nuclear missile submarines could cost so much it busts the Navy budget. But how much? That gets complicated. The media’s been saying $128 billion. The Navy would prefer we say $100 billion. Both figures are right. The difference is inflation. Last Wednesday, when Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall gave the go-ahead… Keep reading →

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