maneuvers during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 11, 2014. US Navy Photo
The Navy continues to tightly control all of the details around the development of the follow-on to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the point that the service isn’t telling Congress the results from its investigation to find a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC).
A planned classified Tuesday briefing before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) was cancelled after the Navy told the panel the service couldn’t discuss the findings of the SSC Task Force, Navy sources confirmed to USNI News.
Members and professional staffers with questions on the results of the study were told — at the current point in the acquisition process — all the Navy would provide was the an outline of the process the service used for the study and nothing more, several sources familiar with the meeting told USNI News on Wednesday.
The meeting had been scheduled two months prior to Tuesday.
“Process is all the Navy can [talk about] at this point,” Cmdr. Thurraya Kent, spokeswoman for assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (RDA) Sean Stackley, told USNI News on Wednesday.
HASC leadership subsequently cancelled the meeting when details of the task force’s findings would not be forthcoming, several sources told USNI News.