Cost analysis (21 - 30 of 99 items)
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...
Military Personnel: Military Departments Need to Ensure That Full Costs of Converting Military Health Care Positions to Civilian Positions Are Reported to Congress
GAO-06-642: Published: May 1, 2006. Publicly Released: May 1, 2006.
Based on studies showing that many military members are performing tasks that are not considered military essential, the Air Force, Army, and Navy have plans to convert certain numbers of military health care positions to civilian positions. Questions have surfaced regarding the potential effects of these conversions on the Defense Health Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
Defense Acquisitions: Business Case and Business Arrangements Key for Future Combat System's Success
GAO-06-478T: Published: Mar 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2006.
The Future Combat System (FCS) is a networked family of weapons and other systems in the forefront of efforts by the Army to become a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force. When considering complementary programs, projected investment costs for FCS are estimated to be on the order of $200 billion. FCS's cost is of concern given that developing and producing new weapon systems is among...
Force Structure: Actions Needed to Improve Estimates and Oversight of Costs for Transforming Army to a Modular Force
GAO-05-926: Published: Sep 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2005.
In 2004, the Army began transforming its force into modular brigade-based units, thus expanding the number of units available for deployment and creating new command and support units. The Army is transforming while engaged in the Global War on Terrorism and developing other high-cost capabilities. This prompted congressional concern about the affordability of Army plans. Thus, under the Comptroll...
Defense Acquisitions: Progress and Challenges Facing the DD(X) Surface Combatant Program
GAO-05-924T: Published: Jul 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2005.
In April 2002, the Department of the Navy launched the DD(X) Destroyer program to develop a stealthy, multi-mission ship that would provide advanced land attack capability to support forces ashore and contribute to military dominance in shallow coastal waters. Numbers and costs for the DD(X) have changed since the inception of the program. According to the program's official cost estimate, the fir...
Army Depot Maintenance: Ineffective Oversight of Depot Maintenance Operations and System Implementation Efforts
GAO-05-441: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2005.
The Army depot maintenance activity group received about $2.6 billion of orders in fiscal year 2004 to repair helicopters, combat vehicles, and air defense systems. To perform this work, 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. GAO was asked to determine (1) if prices charged by the g...
Defense Acquisitions: Future Combat Systems Challenges and Prospects for Success
GAO-05-428T: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
FCS is the core of Army efforts to create a lighter, more agile, capable force: a $108 billion investment to provide a new generation of 18 manned and unmanned ground vehicles, air vehicles, sensors, and munitions linked by an information network. Although system development and demonstration began in May 2003, the program was restructured in July 2004, including processes to make FCS capabilities...
Defense Acquisitions: Improved Management Practices Could Help Minimize Cost Growth in Navy Shipbuilding Programs
GAO-05-183: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2005.
The U.S. Navy invests significantly to maintain technological superiority of its warships. In 2005 alone, $7.6 billion was devoted to new ship construction in six ship classes--96 percent of which was allocated to four classes: Arleigh Burke class destroyer, Nimitz class aircraft carrier, San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship, and the Virginia class submarine. Cost growth in the Navy's...
Military Transformation: Fielding of Army's Stryker Vehicles Is Well Under Way, but Expectations for Their Transportability by C-130 Aircraft Need to Be Clarified
GAO-04-925: Published: Aug 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2004.
In its transformation to a more responsive and mobile force, the Army plans to form 6 Stryker Brigade Combat teams equipped with a new family of armored vehicles known as Strykers. The Stryker--which provides transport for troops, weapons, and command and control--was required by the Army to weigh no more than 38,000 pounds and be transportable in theater by C-130 cargo aircraft arriving ready for...
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...