Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/76

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114 STAT. 1654A-34 PUBLIC LAW 106-398 —APPENDIX (B) any shortfall in the budget request for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2002 for that funding for that command, agency, or component. SEC. 214. NUCLEAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER DESIGN AND PRODUCTION MODELING. (a) ASSESSMENT REQUIRED.— The Secretary of the Navy shall conduct an assessment of the cost-effectiveness of— (1) converting design data for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier from non-electronic to electronic form; and (2) developing an electronic, three-dimensional design product model for the CVNX class aircraft carrier. (b) CONDUCT OF THE ASSESSMENT.— The Secretary of the Navy shall carry out the assessment in a manner that ensures the participation of the nuclear aircraft carrier shipbuilding industry. (c) REPORT. —The Secretary of the Navy shall submit a report to the congressional defense committees on the assessment. The report shall include the results of the assessment and plans and funding requirements for developing the model specified in subsection (a)(2). The report shall be submitted with the submission of the budget request for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2002. (d) FUNDING.— Of the amount authorized to be appropriated under section 201(2) for research, development, test, and evaluation for the Navy, $8,000,000 shall be available to initiate the conversion and development of nuclear aircraft carrier design data into an electronic, three-dimensional product model. SEC. 215. DD -21 CLASS DESTROYER PROGRAM. (a) AUTHORITY. — The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to pursue a technology insertion approach for the construction of the DD-21 destroyer that is based on the assumption of the following schedule: (1) Award of a contract for advance procurement for construction of components for the DD-21 destroyer during fiscal year 2004. (2) Delivery of the completed ship during fiscal year 2009. (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS. —It is the sense of Congress that— (1) there are compelling reasons for starting the program for constructing the DD-21 destroyer during fiscal year 2004 with available procurement funds and continuing with sequential construction of DD-21 class destroyers during the ensuing fiscal years until 32 DD-21 class destroyers have been constructed; and (2) the Secretary of the Navy, in providing for the acquisition of DD-21 class destroyers, should consider that— (A) the Marine Corps needs the surface fire-support capabilities of the DD-21 class destroyers as soon as possible in order to mitigate the inadequacies of the surface fire-support capabilities that are currently available; (B) the Navy and Marine Corps need to resolve whether there is a requirement for surface fire-support missile weapon systems to be easily sustainable by means of replenishment while under way; (C) the technology insertion approach has been successful for other ship construction programs and is being pursued for the CVNX aircraft carrier program and the Virginia class submarine program;