Weapons systems (41 - 50 of 107 items)
Acquisition Reform: Military Departments' Response to the Reorganization Act
NSIAD-89-70: Published: Jun 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed: (1) whether the military departments' reorganizations satisfied the requirements and objectives of the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986; (2) the roles of the military staffs in the acquisition process; and (3) the changes in the civilian/military balance within the acquisition organizations.GAO found that: (1) although the act w...
Torpedo Procurement: Issues Related to the Navy's MK-50 Torpedo Propulsion System
NSIAD-89-8: Published: Jan 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's procurement of MK-50 torpedo propulsion components, to determine: (1) whether the Navy would save money if it procured the propulsion components separately and provided them to the prime contractor as government-furnished equipment (GFE); (2) when the Navy should implement such a strategy; and (3) whether providing prime contractors w...
Navy Procurement: Option for EA-6B Aircraft Parts Should Be Reexamined
NSIAD-89-88: Published: Jan 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1989.
GAO examined the Navy's procurement of universal exciters, a jamming pod component for its EA-6B aircraft.GAO found that the Navy: (1) initially ordered 503 universal exciters with an option to procure about 70 additional units at a cost of $471,000 each, totalling about $33 million; (2) planned to exercise the option before it expired on January 31, 1989; and (3) established an inventory objectiv...
Light Helicopter Program: Risks Facing the Program Raise Doubts About the Army's Acquisition Strategy
NSIAD-89-72: Published: Dec 23, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1988.
GAO reviewed the Army's Light Helicopter (LHX) Program to assess: (1) changes and risks in the program's cost estimates and technology development; (2) changes in the program's acquisition strategy; and (3) the Army's progress toward achieving program goals.GAO found that: (1) the Army believed that its original LHX performance requirement goals were too demanding; (2) to scale back the program, t...
Transition Series: Defense Issues
OCG-89-9TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO identified five important issues facing the new administration and Congress in considering the nation's defense.GAO found that the new administration will need to: (1) reduce defense costs by realigning planned defense, ensuring that requirements balance with funding availability, exercising restraint in replacing weapon systems, and assessing manpower and compensation systems; (2) maintain th...
Major Acquisitions: Summary of Recurring Problems and Systemic Issues--1960-1987
NSIAD-88-135BR: Published: Sep 13, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) weapon acquisitions to determine whether problems in acquiring defense weapon systems were different than in the past.GAO found that: (1) weapons systems have experienced the same systemic problems and affordability issues since the 1960s; (2) external influences that affected major weapons systems included prep...
Procurement: Assessment of DOD's Multiyear Contract Candidates
NSIAD-88-233BR: Published: Sep 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 1, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed seven multiyear contract candidates proposed in the Department of Defense (DOD) 1988 through 1989 biennial budget to determine if they satisfied legislative criteria for multiyear procurement.GAO found that: (1) DOD estimated that the costs for the seven contracts would total about $9.1 billion over 5 years, representing a projected savings of a...
Strategic Forces: Procurement Practices at Northrop's Advanced Systems Division
NSIAD-88-68BR: Published: Dec 21, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the procurement practices of an Air Force MX missile contractor.GAO found that: (1) the contractor's internal audit revealed no evidence that it used "doing business as" (DBA) accounts, although another division of the firm did use such accounts, circumventing the established purchasing system to procure parts more quickly; and (2) without appropri...
Missile Procurement: Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Preproduction Test Results
NSIAD-87-165FS: Published: Jun 2, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on recent Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) tests that demonstrated capabilities the Department of Defense Appropriation Act requires.GAO noted that: (1) for fiscal year (FY) 1987, Congress appropriated $579.5 million to begin low-rate AMRAAM production; (2) the Air Force requested $832.9 million for FY 1988 and $875...
Aircraft Procurement: Status and Cost of Air Force Fighter Procurement
NSIAD-87-121: Published: Apr 14, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's plans and efforts to modernize and expand its tactical fighter force and the cost and affordability of these plans.GAO found that: (1) since the Air Force issued its Tactical Fighter Roadmap to modernize and expand its tactical air forces (TAF), it has purchased over 600 new aircraft and increased its TAF to about 80 aircraft; (2...