Defense procurement (21 - 30 of 309 items)
DOD Operational Testing: Oversight Has Resulted in Few Significant Disputes and Limited Program Cost and Schedule Increases
GAO-15-503: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015.
The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) provided oversight for 454 Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs from fiscal years 2010-2014. Military service officials identified 42 programs from that period that they believed had significant disputes with DOT&E over operational testing—that is, disputes that may have led to cost and schedule impacts for programs. Operational t...
Defense Inventory: DOD Needs Additional Information for Managing War Reserve Levels of Meals Ready to Eat
GAO-15-474: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 7, 2015.
The military services determine their war reserve materiel (WRM) requirements for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)-managed items based on operational plans that support warfighting scenarios and other inputs such as deployment schedules and equipment-usage data. WRM can include repair parts, construction equipment and supplies, and chemical protection suits, among other items. Service officials stat...
Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate Match between Its Requirements and Available Resources
GAO-15-374: Published: May 4, 2015. Publicly Released: May 4, 2015.
Since our last review in September 2013, the intended mission and required capabilities of the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system have come into question. Ongoing debate about whether the primary role of the UCLASS system should be mainly surveillance with limited strike or mainly strike with limited surveillance has delayed the program, as shown in t...
Defense Inventory: Services Generally Have Reduced Excess Inventory, but Additional Actions Are Needed
GAO-15-350: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2015.
The Navy and Air Force reported meeting the Department of Defense's (DOD) goal of reducing on-hand excess inventory (i.e., items categorized for potential reuse or disposal) to 10 percent of the total value of inventory, but the Army had not met the goal, as of March 2014. Reporting issues hinder full visibility of on-hand excess inventory and progress against DOD's goal. For example,the Army's ca...
Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges
GAO-15-392R: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
In the past year the acquisition program for a new presidential helicopter, known as VH-92A, continued to make progress by establishing a knowledge-based business case for entry into system development that included an approved cost, schedule and performance baseline. GAO found that the program's actions were substantively in line with acquisition best practices. The Navy, which is responsible for...
Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs
GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) could not provide sufficiently reliable data for GAO to determine the number, total cost, or performance of DOD's current acquisition category (ACAT) II and III programs. These non-major programs range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars. GAO found th...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
Acquisition Reform: DOD Should Streamline Its Decision-Making Process for Weapon Systems to Reduce Inefficiencies
GAO-15-192: Published: Feb 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2015.
The acquisition programs GAO surveyed spent, on average, over 2 years completing numerous information requirements for their most recent milestone decision, yet acquisition officials considered only about half of the requirements as high value. The requirements, in total, averaged 5,600 staff days to document.Average Time 24 DOD Programs Needed to Complete Information Requirements Grouped by the V...
DOD Acquisitions: Opportunities May Exist to Increase Utility of Nondevelopmental Items Pilot Program
GAO-15-285: Published: Jan 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2015.
Since the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented a pilot program in 2011 to award contracts for military purpose nondevelopmental items (MPNDI), it has not awarded any contracts using the authority. An MPNDI is generally an item that meets a validated military requirement and has been developed exclusively at private expense. GAO's analysis identified a number of issues that may be contributing t...
DOD Space Systems: Additional Knowledge Would Better Support Decisions about Disaggregating Large Satellites
GAO-15-7: Published: Oct 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2014.
It is not yet known whether and to what degree disaggregation can help the Department of Defense (DOD) reduce acquisition costs and increase the resilience of its satellite systems. Experts GAO spoke with identified an array of benefits and limitations. For example, acquiring smaller, less complex satellites may require less time and effort to develop and produce. On the other hand, a larger numbe...