Acquisition (1 - 10 of 295 items)
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy [Reissued on August 13, 2012]
GAO-12-822: Published: Jul 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has numerous efforts in progress to address the knowledge gaps and data deficiencies identified in the GAO report. Of the seven recommendations GAO made to the Secretary of Defense, two have been completely addressed. While two of GAO’s recommendations have actions underway that are expected to be completed, two recommendations need more action for completion and...
Cancellation of the Army's Autonomous Navigation System
GAO-12-851R: Published: Aug 2, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2012.
Almost all ANS hardware and most software development were completed prior to its cancellation, according to the Army and GDRS. The software for the most advanced capabilities was not completed, which potentially presented the greatest complexities. GDRS had demonstrated many of ANSs capabilities to some extent, including its capability to avoid obstacles and follow a leading vehicle through...
Tactical Aircraft: Comparison of F-22A and Legacy Fighter Modernization Programs
GAO-12-524: Published: Apr 26, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2012.
The F-22A and legacy modernization programs GAO reviewed were rooted in different development strategies. The F-22A began as a single-step program and did not anticipate the need for future modernization, while the legacy programs each began with the expectation that their aircraft would be incrementally upgraded over time. F-22A modernization began in reaction to a major shift in the aircraft...
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...
Urgent Warfighter Needs: Opportunities Exist to Expedite Development and Fielding of Joint Capabilities
GAO-12-385: Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
A majority of the initiatives GAO reviewed (26 of 30) met, or expected to meet, the Department of Defenses (DOD) expectation for fielding a capability in response to joint urgent operational needs within 2 years. However, performance in meeting schedule estimates varied, and more than half of the initiatives experienced schedule delays.Initiatives leveraged three types of solutions: (1) off-...
Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Effort Delayed as DOD Adopts New Approach to Balance Requirements, Costs, and Schedule
GAO-12-381R: Published: Feb 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2012.
The formal start of the VXX presidential helicopter program has been delayed, as finding an acceptable solution has proved elusive. Last year, we reported that the VXX effort was in the earliest stages of development--still developing a business case to launch product development. At that time, an AOArequired for a Milestone A decision initiating the programwas nearing completion and a...
Arlington National Cemetery: Actions Needed to Ensure Lasting, Positive Changes in Contracting and Management
GAO-12-436T: Published: Feb 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2012.
GAO identified 56 contracts and task orders that were active during fiscal year 2010 and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2011 under which contracting offices obligated roughly $35.2 million on Arlingtons behalf. These contracts supported cemetery operations, construction and facility maintenance, and new efforts to enhance information-technology systems for the automation of burial o...
Arlington National Cemetery: Actions Taken and Steps Remaining to Address Contracting and Management Challenges
GAO-12-374T: Published: Jan 25, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 2012.
GAO identified 56 contracts and task orders that were active during fiscal year 2010 and the first three quarters of fiscal year 2011 under which contracting offices obligated roughly $35.2 million on Arlingtons behalf. These contracts supported cemetery operations, construction and facility maintenance, and new efforts to enhance information technology systems for the automation of burial o...
Defense Management: Perspectives on the Involvement of the Combatant Commands in the Development of Joint Requirements
GAO-11-527R: Published: May 20, 2011. Publicly Released: May 20, 2011.
At a time when the military is supporting ongoing operations in many places around the world, the Department of Defense (DOD) faces challenges balancing the strategic capability needs of the military services with the more immediate joint warfighting needs of the combatant commands (COCOM). Given concerns that the military service-dominated system for developing capabilities was not meeting the mo...
Contingency Contracting: Observations on Actions Needed to Address Systemic Challenges
GAO-11-580: Published: Apr 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated about $367 billion in fiscal year 2010 to acquire goods and services to meet its mission and support its operations, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. GAO's work, as well as that of others, has documented shortcomings in DOD's strategic and acquisition planning, contract administration and oversight, and acquisition workforce. These are challenges t...