Defense cost control (71 - 80 of 210 items)
Contract Management: DOD Needs Better Guidance on Granting Waivers for Certified Cost or Pricing Data
GAO-02-502: Published: Apr 22, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 2002.
Although most federal contracts are awarded through competition, the government also buys unique products and services, including sophisticated weapons systems, for which it cannot always rely on competition to get the best prices and values. Instead, it uses a single source for its procurements. In these cases, contractors and subcontractors provide the government with cost or pricing data suppor...
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...
Defense Manufacturing Technology Program: More Joint Projects and Tracking of Results Could Benefit Program
GAO-01-943: Published: Sep 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2001.
The Department of Defense (DOD) established the Defense Manufacturing Technology Program to develop and apply advanced manufacturing technologies to reduce the total cost and improve the manufacturing quality of weapon systems. By maturing and validating emerging manufacturing technology and transferring it to the factory floor, the program bridges the gap between technology invention and industri...
Tactical Aircraft: F-22 Development and Testing Delays Indicate Need for Limit on Low-Rate Production
GAO-01-310: Published: Mar 15, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 2001.
The Air Force has made progress in developing the F-22, particularly with respect to fulfilling the criteria for awarding a fully funded contract for low-rate initial production. Nevertheless, it lags significantly in flight-testing because of continuing assembly and manufacturing delays, and it is behind schedule in completing nonflying tests that assess the aircraft's structural integrity These...
Best Practices: Better Matching of Needs and Resources Will Lead to Better Weapon System Outcomes
GAO-01-288: Published: Mar 8, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2001.
This report examines how best practices offer improvements to the way the Department of Defense defines and matches weapon system requirements to available resources such as cost, schedule, and mature technologies. GAO identified three factors that were key to matching needs and resources before product development began. First, developers employed the technique of systems engineering to identify...
Defense Acquisitions: Need to Confirm Requirements for $4.1 Billion Antiarmor Missile System
GAO-01-74: Published: Dec 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2000.
Several factors call into question the cost effectiveness of the Army's plan to spend $4.1 billion to acquire large quantities of the submunition and missile systems. These factors include (1) major reductions and changes in the armor threat (2) a substantial overmatch in existing and planned antiarmor capabilities (3) the system's high cost (4) the Army's plans for a major transformation of its f...
Best Practices: A More Constructive Test Approach Is Key to Better Weapon System Outcomes
NSIAD-00-199: Published: Jul 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the role of testing and evaluation in product development, focusing on: (1) how the conduct of testing and evaluation affects commercial and Department of Defense (DOD) program outcomes; (2) how best commercial testing and evaluation practices compare with DOD's; and (3) what factors account for the differences in these practices.GAO...
Missile Defense: Status of the National Missile Defense Program
NSIAD-00-131: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Missile Defense program, focusing on: (1) programmatic changes to the program and whether significant performance and schedule risks remain; and (2) program officials' efforts to control costs, program estimate, and the potential for cost increases.GAO noted that: (1) to reduce risks, the Department of Defense (DOD) has delayed initial...
Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition: Development Schedule Should Be Changed to Reduce Risks
NSIAD-00-74: Published: May 9, 2000. Publicly Released: May 10, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, focusing on: (1) the program's acquisition strategy; and (2) whether the strategy is being implemented in a manner that will ensure that the acquisition strategy objectives will be achieved.GAO noted that: (1) the key objective of the JSF acquisition strategy is affordability--re...