A little birdie told me that the Coast Guard has refused to sign the DD-250 forms for the first of its flagship, $400-million National Security Cutters. DD-250s are for formal acceptance of defense items.
[Navy] SPAWAR [electronics experts] identified discrepancies that will be added to the list of [Information Assurance] remediation actions that need to be completed prior to final onboard testing. Full instrumented TEMPEST [info security] surveys along with IA scans of the Bertholf’s networks and systems will be performed after Acceptance Trials (AT) with TEMPEST and IA status highlighted and documented on our acceptance agreement with the shipbuilder (DD-250). Up to this point all tests and inspections have been preliminary in order to properly identify and manage risk.
While there is some risk to Bertholf’s delivery schedule posed by resolution of these remediation actions; the government and industry are working collaboratively and proactively to aggressively address this risk.
And here’s the excellent “Unofficial Coast Guard Blog” with more:
It’s been suggested to me that the Bertholf has failed “virtually every critical communications TEMPEST test” and that the “fixes required are extensive including the potential redesign of interior spaces of the ship.”
It’s just further evidence that the Coast Guard’s $25-billion Deepwater modernization scheme is in, ahem, deep water.