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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 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...
Defense Acquisitions: Navy and Marine Corps Pilot Program Initiatives to Reduce Total Ownership Costs
GAO-01-675R: Published: May 22, 2001. Publicly Released: May 22, 2001.
This is the third in a series of GAO reports evaluating the military services' efforts to reduce weapons systems operating and support costs. GAO previously reported on Army and Air Force efforts. This report evaluates the Navy and Marine Corps pilot programs. GAO found that the Navy and Marine Corps have begun several efforts to reduce weapon system operating and support costs. For example, they...
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 Planning: Opportunities to Improve Strategic Reviews
GAO-01-514R: Published: Mar 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2001.
For several years, GAO has reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to strategically plan for the nation's defense needs and prepare related budgets. In particular, GAO evaluated DOD's methodology for conducting the 1993 Bottom-Up Review and the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and its preparation of several Future Years Defense Programs (FYDP). As DOD began a new effort to review...
Tactical Aircraft: Modernization Plans Will Not Reduce Average Age of Aircraft
GAO-01-163: Published: Feb 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 9, 2001.
As the Department of Defense (DOD) enters the 21st century, the average ages of its weapon systems and equipment are increasing, primarily because DOD has not routinely replaced items bought during the Cold War. According to DOD officials, the aging of weapon systems and equipment reduce readiness. To keep pace with the maintenance required for aging systems and equipment, the military services...
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...
Defense Acquisitions: Status of the KE-ASAT Program
GAO-01-228R: Published: Dec 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2000.
This document focuses on the Department of Defense's (DOD) kinetic energy anti-satellite (KE-ASAT) program. GAO found the program is in a state of disarray. Problem areas include funding, limited management, and poor record keeping. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence had recommended that DOD complete the existing contracts, place the weapon sys...
Electronic Warfare: Phased Approach to Infrared Upgrades Would Reduce Risk to Helicopters
NSIAD-00-171: Published: Jul 27, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's acquisition strategy for its Suite of Integrated Infrared Countermeasures Systems, focusing on whether the requirements of the Army's helicopters.GAO noted that: (1) the Army's strategy for acquiring improved infrared countermeasure systems for its helicopters could be revised to better satisfy the needs of the Army's helicopters; (2) th...
Battlefield Automation: Army Needs to Update Fielding Plan for First Digitized Corps
NSIAD-00-167: Published: Jul 25, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's acquisition of Category 2 weapons systems.GAO noted that: (1) the analysis of the acquisition status of the 56 Category 2 systems indicates that about 30 percent of the systems are already fielded or likely to be ready by the 2004 fielding milestone, about 50 percent may not be ready, and about 20 percent will not be ready; (2) the syste...