Upgrades Hurt Coast Guard's Deepwater Response: GAO

Law360, New York (August 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Thursday that poor implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard's effort to modernize its ships and aircraft — a program that touches nearly $30 billion in federal contracts — hindered the agency's response to the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The modernization effort, also called Deepwater, began in 1996 as an attempt to update the Coast Guard's command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets. But the so-called C4ISR upgrades have been slowly and unevenly implemented, are already over budget by $5...
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