Air Force procurement (1 - 10 of 88 items)
Force Structure: Better Information Needed to Support Air Force A-10 and Other Future Divestment Decisions
GAO-16-816: Published: Aug 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force do not have quality information on the full implications of A-10 divestment, including gaps that could be created by A-10 divestment and mitigation options. While A-10 pilots are recognized as the Air Force experts in providing close air support (CAS) to friendly forces, the A-10 and its pilots also perform other missions that are important to ongoing...
Global Positioning System: A Comprehensive Assessment of Potential Options and Related Costs is Needed
GAO-13-729: Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
GAO found the Air Force, the military branch responsible for Global Positioning System (GPS) acquisition, in its report on Lower Cost Solutions for Providing Global Positioning System Capability, broadly addressed all four congressional requirements--system capability, implementation approaches, technical and programmatic risks, and estimated costs--for each option presented for the space segment...
Tactical Aircraft: Questions Concerning the F-22A's Business Case
GAO-06-991T: Published: Jul 25, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2006.
The F-22A--the Air Force's next generation air superiority fighter aircraft--incorporates a low observable (stealth) and highly maneuverable airframe, advanced integrated avionics, and a new engine capable of sustained supersonic flight without the use of afterburners. The F-22A acquisition history is a case study in increased cost and schedule inefficiency. Since the program's inception in 1986,...
Tactical Aircraft: DOD Should Present a New F-22A Business Case before Making Further Investments
GAO-06-455R: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2006.
The F-22A is the Air Force's next generation air superiority fighter aircraft. It incorporates a low observable (stealth) and highly maneuverable airframe, advanced integrated avionics, and a new engine capable of sustained supersonic flight without the use of afterburners. It was originally designed to counter threats posed by the Soviet Union and was intended to replace the F-15 fighter in the a...
Air Force Assessment of the Joint Strike Fighter's Aerial Refueling Method
GAO-05-316R: Published: Mar 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2005.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) acquisition program is estimated to cost $245 billion to develop and produce three variants of stealthy fighter aircraft--a conventional takeoff and landing variant for the Air Force, an aircraft carrier variant for the Navy, and a short take-off and vertical landing variant for the Marine Corps and Air Force. A major goal of the JSF program is to reduce costs by max...
Air Force Depot Maintenance: Improved Pricing and Cost Reduction Practices Needed
GAO-04-498: Published: Jun 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2004.
The Air Force depot maintenance activity group in-house operations generate about $5 billion in annual revenue principally by repairing aircraft, missiles, engines, and other assets. In doing so, the group operates under the working capital fund concept, where customers are to be charged the anticipated costs of providing goods and services to them. The group's average price for in-house work almo...
Tactical Aircraft: Status of the F/A-22 and Joint Strike Fighter Programs
GAO-04-597T: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) two major tactical aircraft fighter programs, the F/A-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter, represent an investment of about $280 billion. Problems in the F/A-22 development program have led to a 10-year delay in delivering the initial capability and development cost increases of $16 billion. The Joint Strike Fighter, which experienced problems early in the program, is...
Tactical Aircraft: Changing Conditions Drive Need for New F/A-22 Business Case
GAO-04-391: Published: Mar 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2004.
Following a history of increasing cost estimates to complete F/A-22 development, Congress asked GAO to assess the Air Force's F/A-22 development program annually and determine whether the Air Force is meeting key performance, schedule, and cost goals. On April 23, 2003, a congressional subcommittee requested that the Department of Defense (DOD) provide more detailed information on the business cas...
Military Aircraft: Institute for Defense Analyses Purchase Price Estimate for the Air Force's Aerial Refueling Aircraft Leasing Proposal
GAO-04-164R: Published: Oct 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
On September 4, 2003, GAO provided the Senate Committee on Armed Services our observations on the Air Force's proposed lease of 100 Boeing 767 aircraft modified for aerial refueling, to be known as the KC-767A. At the hearing, the Committee heard testimony from the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) concerning the results of a study it did on the estimated acquisition cost of each aircraft. IDA...
Military Aircraft: Observations on DOD's Aerial Refueling Aircraft Acquisition Options
GAO-04-169R: Published: Oct 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
During the Senate Armed Services Committee's September 4, 2003 hearing on the Department of Defense's (DOD) proposed lease of 100 Boeing KC-767A aerial refueling aircraft, Congress expressed concern about a significant "bow-wave" funding requirement in future years to pay for leasing and then buying these 100 aircraft at the end of their leases, while continuing efforts to modernize the remainder...