Weapons systems (81 - 90 of 167 items)
Acquisition Reform: Effect on Weapon System Funding
NSIAD-98-31: Published: Oct 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1997.
GAO reviewed the military services' estimated acquisition reform cost reductions on 63 major weapons programs to determine the extent to which the reported cost reductions from acquisition reform will provide funds from approved budgets to support weapons modernization.GAO noted that: (1) while GAO continues to support the Department of Defense's (DOD) effort to reform its acquisition processes, G...
Aircraft Acquisition: Affordability of DOD's Investment Strategy
NSIAD-97-88: Published: Sep 8, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) aircraft acquisition investment strategy, focusing on: (1) DOD's and the Congressional Budget Office's estimates of the annual funding needed for aircraft programs, as a percentage of the overall DOD budget, and a comparison of that percentage to a long-term historical average percentage of the defense budget; (2) the potential long-term availability...
Navy Ship Propulsion: Viability of New Engine Program in Question
NSIAD-96-107: Published: Jun 7, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Navy's intercooled recuperated (ICR) engine program, focusing on the: (1) Navy's need for the engine; (2) cost, schedule, and performance of the program; and (3) impact of the Navy's test and development strategies.GAO found that: (1) some Navy officials are questioning the economic viability of the ICR engine program and have ra...
B-2 Bomber: Status of Cost, Development, and Production
NSIAD-95-164: Published: Aug 4, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the status of the B-2 bomber program, focusing on the Air Force's progress in: (1) acquiring 20 operational B-2 aircraft; and (2) flight testing, production, and modification efforts.GAO found that: (1) a recent Air Force cost estimate indicates the final cost for 20 operational aircraft will be about $28,820 million in fiscal year (FY) 1981 cons...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Computation of Number of Patriot PAC-3 Interceptors Needed Is Flawed
NSIAD-95-45: Published: Mar 17, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's (BMDO) planned production of 1,200 Patriot Advanced Capability-Three (PAC-3) interceptors, focusing on the: (1) determination of the number of interceptors needed; and (2) affordability of the interceptors.GAO found that: (1) the actual number of PAC-3 interceptors needed is uncertain; (2) the Department...
Future Years Defense Program: Optimistic Estimates Lead to Billions in Overprogramming
T-NSIAD-95-83: Published: Jan 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 1995.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Future Years Defense Program (FYDP). GAO noted that: (1) FYDP estimates for 1995 through 1999 could exceed $150 billion; (2) FYDP overprogramming is a result of negative adjustments, overly optimistic savings, and understated costs; (3) the current FYDP exceeds the Administration's fiscal year 1995 budget submission by $21.6 billion due to undistribu...
Future Years Defense Program: Optimistic Estimates Lead To Billions in Overprogramming
NSIAD-94-210: Published: Jul 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), focusing on: (1) major funding assumptions underlying FYDP; and (2) FYDP compliance with statutory requirements.GAO found that: (1) FYDP overprogramming could exceed $150 billion and does not comply with the presidential budget submission; (2) the current FYDP exceeds the Admini...
Financial Management: Reliability of Weapon System Cost Reports Is Highly Questionable
AIMD-94-10: Published: Oct 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1993.
GAO reviewed the information systems the Army uses to identify, record, and report weapon system costs.GAO found that: (1) the cost reports that the Army submitted to Congress did not clearly present all the relevant costs authorized by Congress; (2) current cost reports must be further analyzed, since support costs are recorded by type of cost rather than by weapon system; (3) the Army cannot ade...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Strategic Target System Launches from Kauai
NSIAD-93-270: Published: Sep 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's plans to launch Strategic Target System (STARS) boosters from Hawaii, focusing on: (1) the cost of the STARS program; (2) what the cost of a catastrophic failure would be; and (3) whether planned STARS missions could be accomplished from other launch sites.GAO found that: (1) the cost of S...
Javelin Antitank Weapon: Quantity and Identification Capability Need to Be Reassessed
NSIAD-92-330: Published: Sep 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Army's Javelin antitank weapon system program, focusing on the: (1) causes for cost increases and schedule delays and the likelihood of further increases and delays; (2) the Army's reassessment of the number of Javelins it needs, based on current threat assessments; and (3) Javelin's improved capability for distinguishing friend from foe.GAO fo...