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Defense Acquisitions: Progress Made in Fielding Missile Defense, but Program Is Short of Meeting Goals
GAO-08-448: Published: Mar 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 2008.
By law, GAO annually assesses the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) progress in developing and fielding a Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Funded at $8 billion to nearly $10 billion per year, it is the largest research and development program in the Department of Defense (DOD). The program has been managed in 2-year increments, known as blocks. Block 2006, the second BMDS block, was completed...
Defense Acquisitions: 2009 Is a Critical Juncture for the Army's Future Combat System
GAO-08-408: Published: Mar 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2008.
The Future Combat System (FCS) program--which comprises 14 integrated weapon systems and an advanced information network--is the centerpiece of the Army's effort to transition to a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force. The substantial technical challenges, the Army's acquisition strategy, and the cost of the program are among the reasons why the program is recognized as needing speci...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD's Practices and Processes for Multiyear Procurement Should Be Improved
GAO-08-298: Published: Feb 7, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2008.
DOD spends $10 billion annually on multiyear procurement (MYP) contracts for weapons systems. MYPs may save money through more efficient relationships with suppliers and producers, but may also suffer losses if cancelled and can limit future budget flexibility. Recently, Congress has been concerned about DOD's management of the process and savings realized by MYPs. GAO was asked to evaluate DOD's...
Defense Acquisitions: Role of Lead Systems Integrator on Future Combat Systems Program Poses Oversight Challenges
GAO-07-380: Published: Jun 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 2007.
The Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) program features multiple new systems linked by a first-of-a-kind information network. The Army contracted with a lead systems integrator (LSI) for FCS that could serve in a more expansive role than a typical prime contractor would. In response to a congressional mandate, this report addresses (1) why the Army decided to employ an LSI for the FCS program; (2)...
Defense Acquisitions: Success of Advanced SEAL Delivery System Hinges on Establishing a Sound Contracting Strategy and Performance Criteria
GAO-07-745: Published: May 24, 2007. Publicly Released: May 24, 2007.
The Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) is a hybrid combatant submersible providing clandestine delivery and extraction of Navy SEALs and equipment in high-threat environments. The first ASDS has had significant performance issues and has cost, to date, over $885 million. In May 2006, Congress requested that GAO review ASDS. This report examines (1) how the Navy managed ASDS risks through its con...
Defense Management: High-Level Leadership Commitment and Actions Are Needed to Address Corrosion Issues
GAO-07-618: Published: Apr 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 2007.
Corrosion can have a deleterious effect on military equipment and infrastructure in terms of cost, readiness, and safety. Recognizing this concern, the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2003 required the Department of Defense (DOD) to designate an official or organization to oversee and coordinate efforts to prevent and mitigate corrosion. Recently, the National Defense A...
Best Practices: An Integrated Portfolio Management Approach to Weapon System Investments Could Improve DOD's Acquisition Outcomes
GAO-07-388: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
Over the next several years, the Department of Defense (DOD) plans to invest $1.4 trillion in major weapons programs. While DOD produces superior weapons, GAO has found that the department has failed to deliver weapon systems on time, within budget, and with desired capabilities. While recent changes to DOD's acquisition policy held the potential to improve outcomes, programs continue to experienc...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs
GAO-07-406SP: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
This report is GAO's fifth annual assessment of selected weapon programs. From 2001 to the present, the Department of Defense (DOD) has doubled its planned investment in new systems from approximately $750 billion to almost $1.5 trillion. While DOD expects these systems to transform military operations, their acquisition remains a high-risk area. GAO's reviews of weapons over three decades have fo...
Defense Acquisitions: Key Decisions to Be Made on Future Combat System
GAO-07-376: Published: Mar 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2007.
The Future Combat System (FCS) is central to Army transformation efforts, comprising 14 integrated weapon systems and an advanced information network. In previous work, GAO found that the elements of a sound business case--firm requirements, mature technologies, a knowledge-based acquisition strategy, a realistic cost estimate, and sufficient funding--were not present. As a result, FCS is consider...
Best Practices: Stronger Practices Needed to Improve DOD Technology Transition Processes
GAO-06-883: Published: Sep 14, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2006.
The Department of Defense (DOD) relies on its science and technology community to develop innovative technologies for weapon systems, spending $13 billion on basic, applied, and advanced technology research. Several GAO reports have addressed problems in transitioning technologies to the acquisition community. This report, which was prepared under the Comptroller General's authority to conduct eva...