Weapons systems (71 - 80 of 248 items)
Defense Management: Overarching Organizational Framework Needed to Guide and Oversee Energy Reduction Efforts for Military Operations
GAO-08-426: Published: Mar 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2008.
The Department of Defense (DOD) relies heavily on petroleum-based fuel for mobility energy--the energy required for moving and sustaining its forces and weapons platforms for military operations. Dependence on foreign oil, projected increases in worldwide demand, and rising oil costs, as well as the significant logistics burden associated with moving fuel on the battlefield, will likely require DO...
Defense Management: DOD Needs to Reexamine Its Extensive Reliance on Contractors and Continue to Improve Management and Oversight
GAO-08-572T: Published: Mar 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2008.
The federal government, including the Department of Defense (DOD), is increasingly relying on contractors to carry out its missions. Governmentwide spending on contractor services has more than doubled in the last 10 years. DOD has used contractors extensively to support troops deployed abroad. The department recently estimated the number of contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to be about 196,000...
Defense Acquisitions: 2009 Is a Critical Juncture for the Army's Future Combat System
GAO-08-408: Published: Mar 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2008.
The Future Combat System (FCS) program--which comprises 14 integrated weapon systems and an advanced information network--is the centerpiece of the Army's effort to transition to a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force. The substantial technical challenges, the Army's acquisition strategy, and the cost of the program are among the reasons why the program is recognized as needing speci...
Defense Acquisitions: Significant Challenges Ahead in Developing and Demonstrating Future Combat System's Network and Software
GAO-08-409: Published: Mar 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2008.
The Army's Future Combat System (FCS) requires a software-based advanced information network to meld people, sensors, and weapons into a cohesive fighting force. As software controls 95 percent of FCS's functionality, it determines the success or failure of the program. The Army contracted with the Boeing Company as a lead systems integrator (LSI) to define, develop and integrate FCS, including so...
Best Practices: Increased Focus on Requirements and Oversight Needed to Improve DOD's Acquisition Environment and Weapon System Quality
GAO-08-294: Published: Feb 1, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2008.
A Senate report related to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 asked GAO to compare quality management practices used by the Department of Defense (DOD) and its contractors to those used by leading commercial companies and make suggestions for improvement. To do this, GAO (1) determined the impact of quality problems on selected weapon systems and prime contractor practices...
Defense Acquisitions: Departmentwide Direction Is Needed for Implementation of the Anti-tamper Policy
GAO-08-91: Published: Jan 11, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 2008.
The Department of Defense (DOD) invests billions of dollars on sophisticated weapon systems and technologies. These may be at risk of exploitation when exported, stolen, or lost during combat or routine missions. In an effort to minimize this risk, DOD developed an anti-tamper policy in 1999, calling for DOD components to implement anti-tamper techniques for critical technologies. In March 2004, G...
Defense Acquisitions: Status of the Expeditionary Fire Support System
GAO-08-331R: Published: Dec 21, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 2007.
The United States Marine Corps and the Special Operations Command determined in 1999 that there was a need for a weapon system that could be carried inside the V-22 Osprey and deployed to support assault operations. The Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), which consists of a vehicle that tows a 120 mm mortar and another vehicle that tows an ammunition trailer, is one of the systems now being...
Defense Acquisitions: Department of Defense Actions on Program Manager Empowerment and Accountability
GAO-08-62R: Published: Nov 9, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2007.
In November 2005, we issued a report on the environment within which the Department of Defense (DOD) program managers perform their work. We identified areas where program managers believe they are insufficiently empowered to execute programs, and therefore, because much is beyond their control, accountability is difficult. We also compared department policies and practices to those of leading com...
Defense Acquisitions: An Analysis of the Special Operations Command's Management of Weapon System Programs
GAO-07-620: Published: Jun 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2007.
Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) duties have greatly increased since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Today, Special Operations Forces are at work in Afghanistan and Iraq, and SOCOM has been assigned to lead U.S. efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. SOCOM's acquisitions budget has also greatly increased in this period--more than doubling from $788 million in 2001 to approximately $1.91 bi...
Defense Acquisitions: Missile Defense Agency's Flexibility Reduces Transparency of Program Cost
GAO-07-799T: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
Over the next 5 years the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) expects to invest $49 billion in the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system's development and fielding. MDA's strategy is to field new capabilities in 2-year blocks. In January 2006, MDA initiated its second block--Block 2006--to protect against attacks from North Korea and the Middle East. Congress requires GAO to assess MDA's progress annual...