Acquisition (51 - 60 of 129 items)
Defense Acquisitions: Missile Defense Agency Fields Initial Capability but Falls Short of Original Goals
GAO-06-327: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has spent nearly $90 billion since 1985 to develop a Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). In the next 6 years, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the developer, plans to invest about $58 billion more. MDA's overall goal is to produce a system that is capable of defeating enemy missiles launched from any range during any phase of their flight. MDA's approach is to...
Joint Strike Fighter: DOD Plans to Enter Production before Testing Demonstrates Acceptable Performance
GAO-06-356: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is DOD's most expensive aircraft program. The program represents 90 percent of the remaining planned investment for recapitalizing DOD's aging tactical aircraft fleet. GAO is required by law to review the program annually for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2005. This is our second report and GAO assessed the program's acquisition approach--in terms of capturing kn...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: New DOD Programs Can Learn from Past Efforts to Craft Better and Less Risky Acquisition Strategies
GAO-06-447: Published: Mar 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2006.
Through 2011, the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to spend $20 billion to significantly increase its inventory of unmanned aircraft systems, which are providing new intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and strike capabilities to U.S. combat forces--including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. Despite their success on the battlefield, DOD's unmanned aircraft programs have experienced cost and...
Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs a Departmentwide Strategy for Pursuing Low-Cost, Responsive Tactical Space Capabilities
GAO-06-449: Published: Mar 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2006.
For more than two decades, the Department of Defense (DOD) has invested heavily in space assets to provide the warfighter with mission-critical information. Despite these investments, DOD commanders have reported shortfalls in space capabilities. To provide tactical capabilities to the warfighter sooner, DOD recently began developing TacSats--a series of small satellites intended to be built withi...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Management Approach and Processes Not Well-Suited to Support Development of Global Information Grid
GAO-06-211: Published: Jan 30, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2006.
Department of Defense (DOD) officials currently estimate that the department will spend approximately $34 billion through 2011 to develop the core network of the Global Information Grid (GIG), a large and complex undertaking intended to provide on-demand and real-time data and information to the warfighter. DOD views the GIG as the cornerstone of information superiority, a key enabler of network-c...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Has Paid Billions in Award and Incentive Fees Regardless of Acquisition Outcomes
GAO-06-66: Published: Dec 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2005.
Collectively, the Department of Defense (DOD) gives its contractors the opportunity to earn billions of dollars through monetary incentives--known as award fees and incentive fees. These fees are intended to motivate excellent contractor performance in areas deemed critical to an acquisition program's success, with award fees being appropriate when contracting and program officials cannot devise o...
DOD Systems Modernization: Uncertain Joint Use and Marginal Expected Value of Military Asset Deployment System Warrant Reassessment of Planned Investment
GAO-06-171: Published: Dec 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2005.
Because of the importance of the Department of Defense's (DOD) adherence to disciplined information technology (IT) acquisition processes in successfully modernizing its business systems, GAO was asked to determine whether the Transportation Coordinators' Automated Information for Movements System II (TC-AIMS II) program is being managed according to important aspects of DOD's acquisition policies...
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Global Hawk Cost Increase Understated in Nunn-McCurdy Report
GAO-06-222R: Published: Dec 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2005.
To provide for oversight of cost growth in DOD major defense acquisition programs, Congress passed legislation, commonly referred to as Nunn-McCurdy, which requires DOD to notify Congress when a program's unit cost growth exceeds (or breaches) the latest approved acquisition program baseline by at least 15 percent. If the cost growth has increased at least 25 percent over the baseline, the Secreta...
DOD Systems Modernization: Planned Investment in the Naval Tactical Command Support System Needs to be Reassessed
GAO-06-215: Published: Dec 5, 2005. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2005.
Because it is important that the Department of Defense (DOD) adheres to disciplined information technology (IT) acquisition processes to successfully modernize its business systems, GAO was asked to determine whether the Naval Tactical Command Support System (NTCSS) is being managed according to important aspects of DOD's acquisition policies and guidance, as well as other relevant acquisition man...
Survey on Program Manager Effectiveness, an E-supplement to GAO-06-110
GAO-06-112SP: Published: Nov 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2005.
This document presents the results of GAO's survey of DOD program managers. To obtain information on how program managers in DOD are supported as they carry out their duties and how they are held accountable for program outcomes, we developed a web-based survey. We sent the survey to Acquisition Category I and II program managers. Originally we e-mailed 237 program managers but later determined th...