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Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges
GAO-15-392R: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
In the past year the acquisition program for a new presidential helicopter, known as VH-92A, continued to make progress by establishing a knowledge-based business case for entry into system development that included an approved cost, schedule and performance baseline. GAO found that the program's actions were substantively in line with acquisition best practices. The Navy, which is responsible for...
GAO'S 2015 High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-371T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the high risk list. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-290: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the High Risk List. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness
GAO-15-210R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken steps in-line with GAO best practices to improve its cost estimating practices including:releasing an internal cost estimating handbook,performing internal cost reviews,assembling an independent cost assessment team, andreceiving independent cost estimates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program...
Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Review of DOD's Current Modernization Efforts
GAO-14-414R: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing to committee staff on the results of this review in January 2014. GAO briefed on the status of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD), including progress made and remaining challenges to completing those efforts. GAO also reported on DOD's efforts to plan and devel...
Strategic Weapons: Changes in the Nuclear Weapons Targeting Process Since 1991
GAO-12-786R: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have remained largely consistent since 1991, even as the threat environment and the size of the nuclear weapons stockpile have changed. The current process for developing nuclear targeting and employment guidance has remained consistent. However, the structure of the nuclear war plan, and the categories and number of targets in the plan,...
Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Acquisitions by Reducing Concurrency and Improving Parts Quality
GAO-12-600T: Published: Apr 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) experienced mixed results in executing its fiscal year 2011 development goals and tests. For the first time in 5 years, GAO was able to report that the agency delivered all of the targets used in fiscal year 2011 test events with the targets performing as expected. In addition, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense programs Standard Missile...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Key Factors Contributing to BRAC 2005 Results
GAO-12-513T: Published: Mar 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2012.
GAO identified several factors and challenges that contributed to the Department of Defenses (DOD) implementation of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 and the results achieved. In contrast to other BRAC rounds that were primarily focused on achieving savings by reducing excess infrastructure, the Secretary of Defense identified three goals for BRAC 2005. Specifically, BRAC 2005 was in...
Acquisition Workforce: DOD's Efforts to Rebuild Capacity Have Shown Some Progress
GAO-12-232T: Published: Nov 16, 2011. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the government's largest buying entity and has recognized that rebuilding the acquisition workforce is a strategic priority. The federal government's current budget and long-term fiscal pressures underscore the importance of a capable and well-functioning workforce. GAO and others have long recognized that the size and capabilities of the workforce across the gov...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs
GAO-11-233SP: Published: Mar 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2011.
This is GAO's ninth annual assessment of Department of Defense (DOD) weapon system acquisitions, an area that is on GAO's high-risk list. The report is in response to the mandate in the joint explanatory statement to the DOD Appropriations Act, 2009. It includes observations on the performance of DOD's 2010 portfolio of 98 major defense acquisition programs; data on selected factors that can affec...