Weapons systems (81 - 90 of 210 items)
Defense Acquisitions: Decisions on the Joint Strike Fighter Will Be Critical for Acquisition Reform
T-NSIAD-00-173: Published: May 10, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Strike Fighter acquisition program, focusing on the: (1) best commercial practices for developing new products; (2) reasons why DOD does not follow these practices; and (3) opportunity that Joint Strike Fighter represents to strengthen--or weaken--the effect of best practices and acquisition reform on major weapon...
Defense Acquisition: Employing Best Practices Can Shape Better Weapon System Decisions
T-NSIAD-00-137: Published: Apr 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed issues the Department of Defense (DOD) faces in its acquisition of weapon systems.GAO noted that: (1) the pressures of competing for the funds to launch and sustain a weapon system program create incentives for starting programs too early; overpromising performance capabilities; and understating expected costs, schedules, and risks associated with...
Acquisition Reform: DOD's Guidance on Using Section 845 Agreements Could be Improved
NSIAD-00-33: Published: Apr 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) authority, which was established under Section 845 of the Fiscal Year 1994 National Defense Authorization Act, to use nonstandard contracting approaches to procure research and development services, focusing on: (1) the extent to which DOD has used Section 845 agreements; (2) the benefits reported fr...
F-22 Aircraft: Development Cost Goal Achievable If Major Problems Are Avoided
NSIAD-00-68: Published: Mar 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Air Force's engineering and manufacturing development program for the F-22 aircraft, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the F-22 development program is meeting its performance, schedule, and cost goals; (2) whether the Air Force is likely to complete the development program as planned without exceeding the cost limitation established by the...
Defense Trade: Department of Defense Savings From Export Sales Are Difficult to Capture
NSIAD-99-191: Published: Sep 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the export sales of five Department of Defense (DOD) weapon systems--the Hellfire missile, Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), Black Hawk Helicopter, and Aegis Weapon System, focusing on whether: (1) export sales reduced the price of the five weapon systems; (2) DOD waived the requi...
Ballistic Missile Defense: More Common Systems and Components Could Result in Cost Savings
NSIAD-99-101: Published: May 21, 1999. Publicly Released: May 21, 1999.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to incorporate common subsystems and components in its ballistic missile defense acquisition programs, focusing on: (1) the key benefits that the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and service officials believe could be achieved through commonality; (2) what BMDO and the services have done to incorporate commonality into their progr...
Defense Acquisition: Best Commercial Practices Can Improve Program Outcomes
T-NSIAD-99-116: Published: Mar 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the best practices that can improve the way the Department of Defense (DOD) buys major weapon systems.GAO noted that: (1) on the basis of the work GAO has done over the past 3 years, GAO believes the best practices of leading commercial firms can be used to improve the development of technology and weapon systems in DOD; (2) knowledge standards th...
Defense Acquisition: Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program Can Be Improved
NSIAD-99-4: Published: Oct 15, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program, focusing on: (1) whether the selection process includes criteria that are adequate to ensure that only mature technologies are selected for ACTD prototypes; (2) whether guidance on transitioning to the normal acquisition process ensures that a prototype appropriately completes pr...
Defense Acquisition: Decision Nears on Medium Extended Air Defense System
NSIAD-98-145: Published: Jun 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, focusing on the: (1) unique capabilities that MEADS will add to U.S. air and missile defense; (2) development cost of MEADS and its affordability within the expected ballistic missile defense budget; and (3) impact that international development will have on MEADS...
Defense Industry Restructuring: Updated Cost and Savings Information
NSIAD-98-156: Published: Apr 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on restructuring costs of defense contractors involved in business combinations since 1993, focusing on the: (1) specific costs associated with workforce reductions; (2) services provided to workers affected by business combinations; (3) savings reached from the business combinations relative to the restructuring costs paid by the Dep...