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Defense Contracting: Competition for Services and Recent Initiatives to Increase Competitive Procurements
GAO-12-384: Published: Mar 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2012.
In fiscal year 2011, the competition rate for DODs non-R&D services was almost twice the competition rate as that of products, and almost 20 percent higher than that of R&D services.From fiscal year 2007 through 2011, competition rates for non-R&D services have been nearly 80 percent and have not changed significantly across DOD, but have declined at the Air Force, dropping from 75 percent t...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Major Weapon Programs
GAO-06-391: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
In the last 5 years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has doubled its planned investments in new weapon systems from about $700 billion in 2001 to nearly $1.4 trillion in 2006. While the weapons that DOD develops have no rival in superiority, weapon systems acquisition remains a long-standing high risk area. GAO's reviews over the past 30 years have found consistent problems with weapon acquisition...
Military Transformation: Army Has a Comprehensive Plan for Managing Its Transformation but Faces Major Challenges
GAO-02-96: Published: Nov 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 2001.
The Army has begun to transform itself into a more rapidly deployable and responsive force better able to meet the diverse defense challenges of the future. These far-reaching organizational and operational changes, which will affect virtually every aspect of the Army, will take decades to implement. Funding the transformation, from developing future combat systems to modernizing aging equipment,...
Defense Logistics: Information on Apache Helicopter Support and Readiness
GAO-01-630: Published: Jul 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2001.
This report examines selected logistics, funding, and readiness issues pertaining to the AH-64 Apache helicopter program. GAO found that the Apache's identified sustainment systems technical support requirements have not been fully met in fiscal years 2000 and 2001. In fiscal year 2000, funding fell short of the $28.6 million needed for Apache sustainment support. The military projects that it wil...
Defense Acquisition: Army Transformation Faces Weapon Systems Challenges
GAO-01-311: Published: May 21, 2001. Publicly Released: May 21, 2001.
Changes in the character and the conduct of warfighting and in the range and the nature of missions call for an Army force that is more responsive and dominant across the full spectrum of operations and requires much less in-theater logistics support. To meet these new demands, the Army is using the latest technology to develop a series of weapon systems that will be lighter than today's heavy for...
Defense Acquisitions: Howitzer Program Experiencing Cost Increases and Schedule Delays
NSIAD-00-182: Published: Jul 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Marine Corps' development of the 155mm lightweight howitzer, focusing on: (1) whether the program is on schedule; (2) whether costs have increased and if there is sufficient funding; (3) what the extent of design changes is and how these changes have affected system testing; and (4) what effect the exclusive production of the how...
Depot Maintenance: Future Year Estimates of Public and Private Workloads Are Likely to Change
NSIAD-00-69: Published: Mar 1, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's annual reports on depot maintenance, focusing on how military departments or defense agencies: (1) used funds appropriated annually for depot-level repair and maintenance done by contractor personnel; and (2) reported on estimated funds to be used for performing depot maintenance by public and private sector personnel fo...
Defense Acquisitions: Reduced Threat Not Reflected in Antiarmor Weapon Acquisitions
NSIAD-99-105: Published: Jul 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) antiarmor master plan, focusing on: (1) changes in armored threats from 1990 to 1997; (2) comparing the number and makeup of the 1990 antiarmor weapon inventory with those of the 1998 inventory; and (3) funding trends of past and future antiarmor procurements.GAO noted that: (1) the number of potential enemy armore...
Army Logistics: Status of Proposed Support Plan for Apache Helicopter
NSIAD-99-140: Published: Jul 1, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the status of the Army's proposed logistics support plan, called Prime Vendor Support (PVS), for the Apache Helicopter.GAO noted that: (1) the Apache PVS concept began as an unsolicited contractor proposal whose scope has evolved over time; (2) as would be expected when a new concept of this magnitude is introduced, there are signifi...
Hydra 70 Rocket: Recent Performance Has Improved
NSIAD-99-126R: Published: Apr 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Hydra 70 rocket, focusing on the: (1) problem of early motor blow (EMB); (2) actions the military services have taken to identify and eliminate its causes; and (3) rocket's present performance.GAO noted that: (1) the services acted effectively to address the problem of EMBs; (2) after three EMBs caused damage to aircraft in 1992-...