Weapons systems (81 - 90 of 107 items)
Military Standard on Work Measurement--A Way To Control Cost and Increase Productivity
PSAD-80-46: Published: Jun 3, 1980. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 1980.
The Air Force has instituted a successful program to achieve improved productivity and cost control by contractors producing major weapons. It involves the Military Standard (MIL-STD) 1567 which establishes a contractual requirement for integrated and disciplined work measurement systems in manufacturing operations. Work measurement is a technique for collecting data on work hours and production o...
Tactical Operations System Development Program Should Not Continue as Planned
LCD-80-17: Published: Nov 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1979.
For 20 years the Army has been trying to develop a system that would use automation to assist battlefield commanders in making tactical command and control decisions. The current development of the Tactical Operations System (TOS), begun as a test bed in 1971, has not been very successful, because the Army overlooked key aspects of sound system management.The Army has had more than sufficient time...
Review of the Department of Defense's Implementation of Procurement Reforms
PSAD-79-106: Published: Sep 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1979.
GAO was requested to aid in determining the extent to which reforms in procurement practices have been implemented by the Department of Defense (DOD). DOD and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provided examples and savings credited to some of the policies and practices, but were unable to do so for others, because they do not routinely collect data and imformation in a manner that would pe...
Observations on Office of Management and Budget Circular A-109--Major System Acquisitions by the Department of Defense
PSAD-79-9: Published: Feb 20, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1979.
The Office of Management and Budget Circular A-109 prescribes policies to guide Federal agencies in managing their major system acquisition programs. The Circular is based on recommendations proposed in December 1972 by the Commission on Government Procurement. Circular A-109 applies to a variety of systems, but this report deals entirely with the Circular's application to defense activities. The...
Summaries of Conclusions and Recommendations on Department of Defense Operations
OIM-79-01: Published: Jan 22, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1979.
A summary of GAO recommendations and conclusions resulting from its audits and other review work in the Department of Defense, compiled to assist congressional committees in their review of budget requests for fiscal year l980 is presented. The reports previously have been brought to the attention of Congress and departmental officials. Suggested questions to be asked in appropriations hearings ar...
Concurrent Development and Production of MK-12A Reentry Vehicle
PSAD-79-2: Published: Oct 23, 1978. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1978.
A review of the development test and evaluation program for the MK-12A reentry vehicle system intended for deployment on Minuteman 111 missiles indicated that the MK-12A was not subjected to the Defense Systems Acquisition Council purview although significant design changes were required and estimated program costs were substantial. The decision to produce MK-12A systems for operational deployment...
Improvements Needed in Avionics/Electronics Equipment Acquisition Management
PSAD-78-105: Published: May 12, 1978. Publicly Released: May 12, 1978.
Studies by the Department of Defense (DOD) of management of the development and procurement of airborne electronics equipment (avionics) revealed a consensus that: (1) too many similar avionics systems are being developed and procured, resulting in proliferation and higher costs than necessary; (2) the services have neither the policies nor management continuity to acquire reliable avionics equipm...
Comparison of the Pershing II Program with the Acquisition Plan Recommended by the Commission on Government Procurement
PSAD-77-51: Published: Jan 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1977.
The Commission on Government Procurement recommended a new plan for acquiring major weapons systems and other major systems which has become the basis for a revised policy in procurement for all executive agencies. The Department of Defense suggested that the Pershing II program came close to the recommended procedures.The Pershing II program is not similar to the Commission's plan and is characte...
Comparison of the Shipboard Intermediate Range Combat System with the Acquisition Plan Recommended by the Commission on Government Procurement
PSAD-77-49: Published: Jan 24, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1977.
The Commission on Government Procurement recommended a new plan for acquiring major weapons systems and other major systems which has become the basis for a revised policy in procurement for all executive agencies. One program which the Department of Defense suggested came close to the recommended procedures is the Shipboard Intermediate Range Combat System, which has an estimated development cost...
Financial Status of Major Acquisitions, June 30, 1975
PSAD-76-72: Published: Feb 27, 1976. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1976.
The Department of Defense (DOD) defines major acquisitions as those with an estimated research, development, test, and evaluation cost in excess of $50 million or an estimated production cost in excess of $200 million. A uniform threshold of $25 million was used to define major acquisitions of civilian agencies. Data is furnished on acquisitions which are past the planning stage and into develop...