Weapons systems (71 - 80 of 107 items)
Procurement of the Army's AH-64 Helicopter
MASAD-82-40: Published: Aug 3, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1982.
In December 1981, GAO cautioned the Secretary of Defense against making a production decision on the AH-64 helicopter program, because some important tests and evaluations had not been completed and sufficient information on which to base a production decision was lacking. In the present report, GAO gave its general observations on the current status of the AH-64 program for the use of the House a...
Improving the Effectiveness and Acquisition Management of Selected Weapon Systems: A Summary of Major Issues and Recommended Actions
MASAD-82-34: Published: May 14, 1982. Publicly Released: May 14, 1982.
GAO summarized its reports on 24 major defense systems, the principal issues found to be common among the weapon programs, and its recommendations on those programs.The planned growth in defense expenditures over the next few years makes it imperative that the Department of Defense (DOD) exercise tight control over the development and acquisition of weapon systems. Two general types of issues were...
Constituent's Allegation Concerning the Production of Artillery Barrels at the Watervliet Arsenal, NY
PLRD-82-48: Published: Feb 25, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1982.
GAO was asked to evaluate the Nation's capability to produce artillery barrels in time of need. The review was made to determine the following: (1) whether the present saws create a bottleneck in the production process which limits the rotary forge output, and (2) the Army's rationale for using conventional rather than the latest automated hot abrasive cut-off machine.GAO found that the maximum ca...
Procurement in the Federal Government
B-160725: Published: Feb 22, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1982.
In response to a congressional request, GAO identified prominent issues which it believed warranted early consideration by the 95th Congress. GAO was concerned about the possible erosion of central policy direction and executive control in the Department of Defense's acquisitions process. GAO also felt that reports of cost, schedule, and performance data were needed on major civil projects. GAO en...
MX Program Cost and Schedule Milestones Could Be Adversely Impacted if Certain Matters Are Not Resolved
MASAD-82-17: Published: Feb 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1982.
GAO completed a review of the MX weapon system program and identified certain matters which, if not resolved in a timely manner, could adversely affect the program's cost and schedule milestones.Delays have occurred in the development and demonstration of the liquid propellant tank for stage 4 of the MX missile's propulsion system, in the construction of the integrated testing facility, and in the...
Major Systems Acquisition Management Process
120596: Jan 29, 1982
A handbook was supplied containing reference material essential to the understanding of the major systems acquisition management process. The handbook provides the basic documents that pertain to the weapon system acquisition process. Although the book is geared to defense acquisitions, the management principles discussed having equal applicability to civil projects. A bibliography is also provide...
Department of Defense Major Weapon Systems Acquisition Process
115484: Jun 11, 1981
OMB Circular A-109 was issued to establish management policy for acquisition of major systems by the executive branch agencies. GAO has generally supported the concepts of A-109 and believes it provides sound management principles upon which to structure major weapon system acquisition programs. GAO recently reviewed the Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition process in six programs, paying parti...
Increased Emphasis on Improving Procurement Practices
115401: Jun 3, 1981
GAO examined certain provisions of the fiscal year 1982 defense authorization bills to determine whether they are matters on which the Office of Federal Procurment Policy (OFPP) should be expected to make recommendations to Congress. S. 815 would remove from the requirements of the Brooks Act the procurement of automatic data processing (ADP) equipment or services by the Department of Defense (DOD...
Use of Cost-Deferred-Fee Contracts Can Be Costly to the Government
MASAD-81-10: Published: Mar 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1981.
GAO reviewed the use of cost-deferred-fee (CDF) contracts with a Navy contractor to determine the appropriateness of that type of contracts and their effect on contract prices. GAO also reviewed procurement records for eight of the contractor's contracts which represented follow-on procurements of missile launchers and gun mounts for the shipbuilding program. In addition, the performance of a Navy...
Problems Affecting the Procurement and Operation of the Army's AH-64 Attack Helicopter and Associated Systems
C-MASAD-81-1: Published: Feb 12, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1981.
The Army's newest attack helicopter, the AH-64, will carry the new laser-guided HELLFIRE missile. A production decision for each is due late in calendar year 1981. In addition to these new acquisitions, the Army has plans to continue upgrading its current fleet of attack helicopters. It also plans to improve a different helicopter to support the attack helicopters in a scouting role.Due to the ste...