Defense capabilities (81 - 90 of 177 items)
Ballistic Missile Defense: Prototype THAAD System
NSIAD-97-137R: Published: Mar 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1997.
GAO questioned the risk of basing the Army's prototype Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile program production decision on a configuration different from that planned for production.GAO noted that: (1) test flight 7 was conducted on March 6, 1997, and like all three previous THAAD intercept tests, the interceptor failed to hit its target; (2) the Department of Defense (DOD) now plans...
C-17 Globemaster: Support of Operation Joint Endeavor
NSIAD-97-50: Published: Feb 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1997.
GAO reviewed how the C-17 aircraft was used during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) peacekeeping force deployment to Bosnia, focusing on: (1) how well it performed during the deployment; and (2) whether deployment transportation requirements included the need for airlift aircraft to perform any of the C-17's expected operational capabilities.GAO found that: (1) during Operation Joint...
Weapons Acquisition: Better Use of Limited DOD Acquisition Funding Would Reduce Costs
NSIAD-97-23: Published: Feb 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) weapons acquisition procedures, focusing on: (1) DOD's practice of reducing the annual production of weapons below planned optimum rates during full-rate production; (2) the reasons for this practice; and (3) the effect of this practice on the costs and availability of weapons.GAO found that: (1) DOD has inappropriately placed a high priority on buyin...
Defense Inventory: Spare and Repair Parts Inventory Costs Can Be Reduced
NSIAD-97-47: Published: Jan 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 1997.
GAO reviewed how the military services can reduce their spare and repair parts storage and holding costs by consolidating or disposing of inventory that is not needed to meet current operating and war reserve requirements or is requested infrequently.GAO found that: (1) most of the services' inventory items stored at nonmajor locations are in small quantities; (2) over 53 percent of the items were...
Prototype THAAD System
NSIAD-97-70R: Published: Jan 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1997.
GAO identified information about the Army's User Operational Evaluation System (UOES) interceptor testing that raises additional concerns. GAO noted that its specific concerns focus on the use of one interceptor configuration in testing to be the basis for production of UOES interceptors of a different configuration and the extent of DOD acceptance of technical risk by using the more complex InSb...
Military Operations and Capabilities Issue Area--Active Assignments
AA-97-2(1): Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Military Operations and Capabilities issue area as of January 2, 1997...
National Security Analysis Issue Area--Active Assignments
AA-97-1(1): Published: Jan 2, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 2, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the National Security Analysis issue area as of January 2, 1997...
B-2 Bomber: Status of Efforts to Acquire 21 Operational Aircraft
NSIAD-97-11: Published: Oct 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Air Force's progress in acquiring B-2 aircraft, focusing on: (1) recent B-2 bomber program changes; (2) program funding and current cost estimates; and (3) progress achieved in the flight test program, production, and modification efforts.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force is confident that the program, as currently defined, can...
Combat Air Power: Joint Mission Assessments Needed Before Making Program and Budget Decisions
NSIAD-96-177: Published: Sep 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) plans to modernize its combat air capabilities, focusing on whether DOD has sufficient information from a joint perspective to: (1) prioritize its air power programs; (2) objectively weigh the merits of new program investments; and (3) decide whether existing programs should receive continued funding.GAO found that: (1) although DOD believes that its...
Battlefield Automation: Army Land Warrior Program Acquisition Strategy May Be Too Ambitious
NSIAD-96-190: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Army's Land Warrior System, focusing on: (1) various technology and human factor problems associated with system development; (2) the Army's acquisition strategy; and (3) the Army's plans to integrate the system with the digital battlefield.GAO found that: (1) the Army has not adequately addressed several technical and human factor problems identified during system development, wh...