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Information on Options for Naval Surface Fire Support
GAO-05-39R: Published: Nov 19, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2004.
Land-, air-, and sea-based components form the "fires triad" that is used to support Marine Corps amphibious assault operations. The sea-based part of the fires triad is referred to as Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS). The retirement of the last Iowa class battleship left a void in the NSFS part of the fires triad. To field a replacement NSFS capability, the Navy developed a two-phased plan in 19...
Defense Acquisitions: The Army's Future Combat Systems' Features, Risks, and Alternatives
GAO-04-635T: Published: Apr 1, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2004.
To become a more responsive and dominant combat force, the U.S. Army is changing its strategy from bigger and stronger weapons to faster and more agile ones. The Future Combat Systems (FCS)--which the Army calls the "greatest technology and integration challenge ever undertaken"--is expected to meet the Army's transformational objectives. Forming FCS' backbone is an information network that links...
Defense Acquisitions: Risks Posed by DOD's New Space Systems Acquisition Policy
GAO-04-379R: Published: Jan 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2004.
On November 18, 2003, we testified before Congress on the Department of Defense's (DOD) new acquisition policy for space systems. The new acquisition policy, issued in October 2003, sets the stage for decision making for DOD's investment in space systems, which currently stands at more than $18 billion annually and is expected to grow considerably over the next decade. Congress requested that we p...
Use of Value Engineering in Defense Acquisitions
GAO-03-590R: Published: May 23, 2003. Publicly Released: May 23, 2003.
Value engineering (VE) is a recognized technique for reducing costs while maintaining or improving productivity and quality. The Department of Defense's (DOD) VE program consists of both government- and contractor-developed cost-reduction projects designed to reduce a system's life-cycle costs. In response to Congress' request, we agreed to provide information on (1) the role the VE program has pl...
Best Practices: Better Acquisition Outcomes Are Possible If DOD Can Apply Lessons from F/A-22 Program
GAO-03-645T: Published: Apr 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2003.
Over the next 5 years, DOD's overall investments are expected to average $150 billion a year to modernize and transition our forces. In addition, DOD must modernize its forces amid competing demands for federal funds, such as health care and homeland security. Therefore, it is critical that DOD manage its acquisitions in the most cost efficient and effective manner possible. DOD's newest acquisiti...
Military Readiness: DOD Needs to Better Manage Automatic Test Equipment Modernization
GAO-03-451: Published: Mar 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2003.
The services have billions of dollars worth of outdated and obsolete automatic test equipment (ATE) used to test components on military aircraft or weapon systems. Department of Defense (DOD) policy advocates the development and acquisition of test equipment that can be used on multiple types of weapon systems and aircraft and used interchangeably between the services. At the request of the Subcom...
Military Operations: Information on U.S. Use of Land Mines in the Persian Gulf War
GAO-02-1003: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2002.
The utility of land mines on the modern battlefield has come into question in recent years, largely because of their potential for causing unintended casualties and affecting U.S. forces' maneuverability. These concerns were raised during the Persian Gulf War. U.S. land mines of all types--nonself-destructing and self-destructing, antipersonnel and antitank--were available for use if needed in the...
Missile Defense: Knowledge-Based Process Would Benefit Airborne Laser Decision-Making
GAO-02-949T: Published: Jul 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2002.
The Air Force launched an acquisition program to develop and produce a revolutionary laser weapon system, known as the Airborne Laser, in 1996. Being developed for installation in a modified Boeing 747 aircraft, it is intended to destroy enemy ballistic missiles almost immediately after their launch. The Air Force originally estimated development costs at $2.5 billion and projected fielding of the...
Defense Logistics: Opportunities to Improve the Army's and Navy's Decision-making Process for Weapons Systems Support
GAO-02-306: Published: Feb 28, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2002.
The armed services have significantly reduced their procurement of new weapons systems and are keeping their existing systems longer than originally anticipated. The Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that it is spending $59 billion a year on logistics support to operate and sustain weapons systems, but DOD believes that better logistics support practices could reduce these costs by as much as...
Defense Acquisitions: Steps to Improve the Crusader Program's Investment Decisions
GAO-02-201: Published: Feb 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2002.
The Army wants an artillery system with greater firepower, range, and mobility than its current self-propelled howitzer. In 1994, the Army began to develop the Crusader, an advanced artillery system consisting of a self-propelled 155-millimeter howitzer and a resupply vehicle. The Department of Defense (DOD) will decide next year whether the Crusader program should enter its system development and...