Weapons systems (21 - 30 of 938 items)
Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Overcoming Long-Standing Problems, but Faces Challenges to Ensuring Its Investments Are Optimized
GAO-13-508T: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2013.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite programs are in mature phases of development, that is, the initial satellites have been designed, fabricated, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. For the portfolio of major satellite programs, new cost and schedule growth is not as widespread as it was in prior years, but DOD is still e...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for Combat Rescue Helicopter Program
GAO-13-313R: Published: Mar 7, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2013.
DOD's rationale for waiving WSARA's competitive prototyping requirement for CRH addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dollars) of producing the prototypes. The CRH program's acquisition strategy, which anticipates integrating an existing, in-production and flight-proven...
Depot Maintenance: Additional Information Needed to Meet DOD's Core Capability Reporting Requirements
GAO-13-194: Published: Feb 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2013.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) 2012 Biennial Core Report complies with two of the three biennial reporting elements of Section 2464 by including information on core capability requirements and planned workloads available for maintaining these requirements. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) reported core capability requirements totaling about 70 million direct labor hours for the mili...
Protecting Defense Technologies: DOD Assessment Needed to Determine Requirement for Critical Technologies List
GAO-13-157: Published: Jan 23, 2013. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 2013.
While the Department of Defense (DOD) took steps to address previously identified weaknesses in updating and maintaining the Militarily Critical Technologies List (MCTL), the list remains outdated and updates have ceased. For example, DOD has solicited users' requirements and feedback on the MCTL, and added a search engine capability to improve navigation of the list and updated each technology se...
Defense Management: Opportunities Exist to Improve Information Used in Monitoring Status of Efficiency Initiatives
GAO-13-105R: Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2012.
The military departments and SOCOM have taken various steps to track the implementation of their efficiency initiatives. For example, prior to or during fiscal year 2012, they identified necessary programmatic actions to implement initiatives and began to carry out these actions, such as reassigning personnel from organizations being consolidated and terminating weapon system programs. They also s...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for Enhanced Polar System Program
GAO-12-983R: Published: Aug 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 2012.
DOD's rationale for waiving WSARA's competitive prototyping requirement for CAPS covered both bases provided in the statute; however, DOD did not provide complete information about the potential benefits of competitive prototyping or support for its conclusion that prototyping would result in schedule delays. In the waiver, DOD found reasonable the Air Force's conclusion that the additional $49 mi...
DOD Supply Chain: Suspect Counterfeit Electronic Parts Can Be Found on Internet Purchasing Platforms
GAO-12-375: Published: Feb 21, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2012.
Suspect counterfeit and boguspart numbers that are not associated with any authentic partsmilitary-grade electronic parts can be found on Internet purchasing platforms, as none of the 16 parts vendors provided to GAO were legitimate. Suspect counterfeit, which applies to the first two categories of parts that were tested, is the strongest term used by an independent testing...
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...
Weapons Acquisition Reform: Actions Needed to Address Systems Engineering and Developmental Testing Challenges
GAO-11-806: Published: Sep 19, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2011.
For the past 2 years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been implementing the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (Reform Act) requirements for systems engineering and developmental testing. These activities are important to DOD's ability to control acquisition costs, which increased by $135 billion over the past 2 years for 98 major defense acquisition programs. GAO was asked to determine (1)...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Improve Training Integration and Increase Transparency of Training Resources
GAO-11-625: Published: Jul 18, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 2011.
Since 2002, the Department of Defense (DOD) has spent over $80 billion on developing and fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) comprised of various land-and sea-based elements employed by multiple combatant commands and services. Since the time available to intercept a missile is short, integrating training among all organizations involved is important to connect seams where commands...