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Defense Acquisitions: Review of Private Industry and Department of Defense Open Systems Experiences
GAO-14-617R: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO identified four private sector companies across various industries whose officials discussed examples of how they use an open systems approach in product development—an approach that includes a modular design and open interfaces or connection points based on open standards—to reduce product development time and life-cycle costs, increase competition and innovation, and enable interoperabil...
Nuclear Weapons: Ten-Year Budget Estimates for Modernization Omit Key Efforts, and Assumptions and Limitations Are Not Fully Transparent
GAO-14-373: Published: Jun 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2014.
The Departments of Energy's (DOE) and Defense's (DOD) $263.8 billion, 10-year estimates in their report to Congress for sustaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities are generally consistent with their funding plans through fiscal year 2018. However, GAO identified shortcomings with respect to the completeness of the budget estimates and the transparency of the assumptions and limit...
Defense Acquisitions: Update on DOD's Efforts to Implement a Common Contractor Manpower Data System
GAO-14-491R: Published: May 19, 2014. Publicly Released: May 19, 2014.
Thirty-two DOD components submitted inventories for fiscal year 2012, collectively reporting an estimated 670,000 contractor FTEs providing services to DOD with obligations totaling about $129 billion. Since our May 2013 report, DOD has taken additional steps to implement its November 2011 plan to collect contractor manpower data via a department-wide solution, but various challenges may hinder DO...
Defense Logistics: Actions Needed to Improve Department-Wide Management of Conventional Ammunition Inventory
GAO-14-182: Published: Mar 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2014.
The military services use automated information systems to manage and maintain accountability for the Department of Defense (DOD) ammunition inventory, but the systems have some limitations that affect their ability to facilitate efficient management of conventional ammunition.The systems cannot directly exchange ammunition data because they use different data exchange formats. Only the Army's Log...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Program
GAO-14-521R: Published: Apr 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dol...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Air Force's B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization Program
GAO-14-522R: Published: Apr 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the Air Force's B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization (DMS-M) program addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle ben...
Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Projects Initiated during Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012
GAO-14-280R: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) processes for selecting in-kind projects in Asia vary by country and by whether the project is intended to support force structure initiatives or enduring installations, although these efforts are not mutually exclusive; domestically, DOD’s processes for selecting in-kind projects vary by military service and statutory authority. In Asia, the selection of in-k...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities
GAO-14-322: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014.
Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect. F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirem...
Military Housing: Information on the Privatization of Unaccompanied Personnel Housing
GAO-14-313: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
Since Congress enacted the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) in 1996, the military services conducted several analyses and considered other factors to determine whether to privatize housing for unaccompanied personnel. These analyses were conducted between 1997 and 2011. The Army's and the Navy's analyses compared different scenarios--such as whether to rely on privatization or use...
Space Acquisitions: Acquisition Management Continues to Improve but Challenges Persist for Current and Future Programs
GAO-14-382T: Published: Mar 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2014.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite acquisition programs are in later stages of acquisition, with the initial satellites having been designed, produced, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. A few other major space programs, however, have recently experienced setbacks. For example: the Missile Defense Agency's Precision Tra...