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Memo Establishing PEO Unmanned and Small Surface Combatants

The following is the March 13, 2018 memo Establishment of Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Surface Combatants.

From the Memo

SUBJECT: Establishment of Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Surface

To better align our course and scope of responsibilities for both manned and unmanned systems to meet combatant commander needs now and in the future, I am renaming Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship (PEO LCS) as Program Executive Office, Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC).

Since the creation of PEO LCS in July of 201 l, the organization’s portfolio has grown beyond its original focus on the development, procurement and sustainment of LCS, its associated mission modules, and related systems. Today, PEO LCS oversees the acquisition of the littoral combat ship (LCS) and its associated mission modules, as well as mine warfare systems, unmanned maritime systems, the future Frigate (FFG(X)), and the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC), an LCS variant for international customers. This represents 4 distinct shipbuilding product lines in development or under construction, I0 unmanned maritime systems and 15 ACAT or pre-ACAT programs. The name PEO LCS no longer adequately reflects the breadth of its portfolio nor the full importance of its work.

The Littoral Combat Ship and its mission capabilities remains a critically important shipbuilding program. With the introduction of FFG(X) and MMSC in the near future and our burgeoning fleet of unmanned surface and subsurface vehicles, this new name more accurately represents the work on platforms and systems that are key enablers for the future Fleet through all phases of warfare. Their continued organization under a single PEO will allow improved program execution, alignment and agility today and into the future.

Establishment of a name change to PEO USC is at zero cost. It renames the already established organization of program offices – – Unmanned Maritime Systems (PMS 406), LCS Mission Modules (PMS 420), Mine Warfare Systems (PMS 495), Littoral Combat Ships (PMS 501), LCS Fleet Introduction and Sustainment (PMS 505), Frigate (PMS 515) and International LCS (PMS 525).

I want to emphasize that the work accomplished by the leadership and workforce in PEO LCS on the LCS program has put us on a stable trajectory to build the Navy the Nation Needs. This name change codifies the true expanse of their responsibility for delivering the future Battle Force to meet our growing operational demands.


James F. Geurts