Weapons systems (21 - 30 of 107 items)
Strategic Defense Initiative: Some Claims Overstated for Early Flight Tests of Interceptors
NSIAD-92-282: Published: Sep 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the accuracy of Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) claims concerning flight test results.GAO found that the: (1) Kinetic Kill Vehicle Integrated Technology Experiment (KITE) utilizes a shroud to protect the optical window sensor at the missile's front; (2) Army Strategic Defense Command inaccurately claimed that the K...
Major Acquisitions: DOD's Process Does Not Ensure Proper Weapons Mix for Close Support Mission
NSIAD-92-180: Published: Apr 17, 1992. Publicly Released: May 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) close support major acquisition process, focusing on whether the: (1) process identifies the proper mix of weapons systems needed for current and future missions; (2) increased involvement of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) has broadened DOD analyses to include consideration of the expected contribu...
Defense Procurement: Acquiring Technical Data for Spare Parts Reprocurement
NSIAD-91-313: Published: Sep 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) progress in implementing a provision of the Defense Procurement Reform Act of 1984, which requires that an agency head consider acquiring technical data and the right to use it for competitive reprocurements when preparing a solicitation for a development or production contract for a major system, focusing on: (1)...
1992 Navy Budget: Potential Reductions in Weapons Procurement Programs
NSIAD-91-301BR: Published: Sep 25, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's justification for its fiscal year (FY) 1992 and FY 1993 weapons procurement budget request and prior-year appropriations to identify areas for potential reductions and rescissions.GAO identified: (1) $153.9 million in potential reductions to the Navy's FY 1992 budget request and $397.6 million and $8.6 million in potential rescissions fr...
Acquisition Reform: Implementing Defense Management Review Initiatives
NSIAD-91-269: Published: Aug 8, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to establish a new management structure and make changes to its major weapons acquisition systems, focusing on: (1) DOD progress in implementing a presidential advisory commission's recommendations to establish clear accountability over its weapons acquisitions and provide unambiguous authority over its acq...
The B-2 Program: Procurement Decisions Should Be Based on Demonstrated Performance
T-NSIAD-91-45: Published: Jul 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1991.
GAO discussed the status of the Air Force's B-2 bomber aircraft program. GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) proposed increasing B-2 production rates although it would not be able to test critical B-2 capabilities for at least several years; (2) B-2 contractors are not generally meeting manufacturing goals and continue to experience significant problems in reducing labor hours, def...
Submarine Combat System: Status of Selected Technical Risks in the BSY-2 Development
IMTEC-91-46BR: Published: May 24, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on specific hardware and software development risks for the Navy's AN/BSY-2 combat system.GAO found that: (1) an independent defense consultant identified three critical technical risk areas involving the immaturity of the system's enhanced modular signal processor, incomplete data-base management design, and potentially lengthy network...
Navy Strategic Forces: Trident II (D-5) Missile Contract Incentives
NSIAD-91-30: Published: Nov 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Navy's Trident II missile contract reliability incentives and cost-sharing arrangements.GAO found that: (1) between January 1987 and January 1989, the contractor conducted 19 land-launched development missile flight tests, resulting in 1 aborted test, 2 failures, 1 partial success, and 15 successes; (2) during 1987, Congress redu...
Special Operations Forces: Army Plans Highly Concurrent Acquisition Strategy for Costly Helicopters
NSIAD-90-267: Published: Sep 28, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated cost, schedule, and test plans for the Army's special operations forces (SOF) helicopter program, focusing on: (1) the Army's planned concurrency of developmental and operational testing with actual production; and (2) current cost estimates for the program.GAO found that: (1) although current acquisition policies and procedures called for develop...
Strategic Weapons: Long-Term Costs Are Not Reported to the Congress
NSIAD-90-226: Published: Aug 10, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1990.
GAO discussed: (1) the long-term costs of 12 strategic weapons systems; and (2) the extent to which the Department of Defense (DOD) routinely provided Congress with estimates of system costs.GAO found that: (1) projected annual funding levels required to acquire, operate, and support the 12 systems were expected to peak at about $1.8 billion, due to acquisition costs; (2) by 2003, annual operation...