Acquisition (81 - 90 of 129 items)
Defense Acquisitions: Space-Based Infrared System-low at Risk of Missing Initial Deployment Date
GAO-01-6: Published: Feb 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2001.
The Pentagon considers defenses to counter attacks from ballistic missiles, both long-range strategic and shorter-range theater missiles, to be critical to U.S. national security. The Air Force is developing a new satellite system, called Space-Based Infrared System-low (SBIRS-low) to expand the military's infrared satellite capabilities for supporting ballistic missile defenses. GAO reviewed the...
Contract Management: No DOD Proposal to Improve Contract Service Costs Reporting
GAO-01-295: Published: Feb 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2001.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has not developed a proposal to improve the accuracy of the reporting of contract service costs. Without accurate and reliable information, Congress cannot effectively use the information reported for DOD in the President's budget as it drafts and passes laws that affect spending. Last year, DOD agreed to develop a proposal to resolve this problem. GAO was told rece...
Defense Acquisitions: Need to Confirm Requirements for $4.1 Billion Antiarmor Missile System
GAO-01-74: Published: Dec 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2000.
Several factors call into question the cost effectiveness of the Army's plan to spend $4.1 billion to acquire large quantities of the submunition and missile systems. These factors include (1) major reductions and changes in the armor threat (2) a substantial overmatch in existing and planned antiarmor capabilities (3) the system's high cost (4) the Army's plans for a major transformation of its f...
Defense Acquisitions: Air Force Operating and Support Cost Reductions Need Higher Priority
NSIAD-00-165: Published: Aug 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to reduce the Air Force's operating and support costs, focusing on: (1) operating and support cost trends; (2) cost reduction initiatives; and (3) factors influencing the success of cost reduction efforts.GAO noted that: (1) Air Force operating and support costs are growing at about 4 percent per year, even...
Defense Acquisitions: Antiarmor Weapons Master Plan Does Not Identify Potential Excesses or Support Planned Procurements
NSIAD-00-67: Published: May 8, 2000. Publicly Released: May 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Antiarmor Master plan, focusing on whether it provided the data and analyses necessary to: (1) identify excess antiarmor weapons currently in the inventory or under development; and (2) support current acquisition plans.GAO noted that: (1) DOD's Antiarmor Master Plan did not identify any excess antiarmor weapons or...
Defense Acquisitions: Challenges Associated With Implementing the Joint Tactical Radio System
NSIAD-99-179: Published: Sep 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) acquisition strategy and management plans, focusing on the: (1) status of the JTRS program, including DOD development plans; and (2) challenges program officials will face in implementing the JTRS acquisition strategy.GAO noted that: (1) the JTRS program is in a sta...
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 Contractor Restructuring: DOD Risks Forfeiting Savings on Fixed-Price Contracts
NSIAD-98-162: Published: Jul 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information related to defense contractor restructuring, focusing on: (1) the Department of Defense's (DOD) use of contract price adjustment clauses, also called reopener clauses; (2) DOD's limited use of reopener clauses for fixed-price contracts; and (3) the potential benefits of using reopener clauses in future business combinations.GAO noted...
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Guidance Needed to Protect Government's Interest
NSIAD-98-151: Published: Jun 11, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, with emphasis on the Department of Defense's (DOD) revised acquisition approach, focusing on whether: (1) DOD's goal of reducing recurring space launch costs could be achieved; (2) DOD's planned investment would result in commensurate benefits; and (3) there are risks that could affect the progr...
Defense Contracting: Sufficient, Reliable Information on DOD's Mentor-Protege Program Is Unavailable
NSIAD-98-92: Published: Mar 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Pilot Mentor-Protege Program, focusing on: (1) DOD's management of the program, including its efforts to evaluate the program's effectiveness; and (2) the manner in which program funds have been obligated.GAO noted that: (1) data limitations preclude GAO's assessing the extent to which the program is achieving th...