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Defense Plans: Status of DOD's Efforts to Improve Its Joint Warfighting Requirements Process
GAO-02-100R: Published: Nov 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2001.
Because the military's weapon systems, particularly communication systems, have not been sufficiently interoperable, the services have experienced difficulty in operations ranging from the Gulf War to Kosovo. In Joint Vision 2020, a strategic statement on the transformation efforts of U.S. military forces, the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff recognizes that a joint force is essential to opera...
Best Practices: Better Management of Technology Development Can Improve Weapon System Outcomes
NSIAD-99-162: Published: Jul 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed how best practices offer improvements to the way the Department of Defense (DOD) incorporates new technology into weapon system programs, focusing on: (1) the impact of technology maturity on product outcomes; (2) best practices for managing new technologies and incorporating them into products; and (3) ways DOD can adapt these practices to get bet...
Defense Acquisition: Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program Can Be Improved
NSIAD-99-4: Published: Oct 15, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) program, focusing on: (1) whether the selection process includes criteria that are adequate to ensure that only mature technologies are selected for ACTD prototypes; (2) whether guidance on transitioning to the normal acquisition process ensures that a prototype appropriately completes pr...
Electronic Warfare: Test Results Do Not Support Buying More Common Sensor Systems
NSIAD-98-3: Published: Mar 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1998.
GAO conducted a follow-up review of the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Common Sensor (IEWCS) program, focusing on whether results of testing conducted since its previous review support continued IEWCS production.GAO noted that: (1) test results now available do not support continued IEWCS production; (2) the Army postponed operational testing scheduled for fiscal year (FY) 1997 that was to de...
Navy Aviation: F/A-18E/F Development and Production Issues
NSIAD-98-61: Published: Mar 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the F/A-18E/F development program, focusing on the: (1) status of the E/F development flight test program; (2) deficiencies that have been identified to date and corrective actions planned; and (3) current cost estimate for the program.GAO noted that: (1) the Navy has revised the F/A-18E/F flight test program by decreasing the data collection requi...
Best Practices: Successful Application to Weapon Acquisitions Requires Changes in DOD's Environment
NSIAD-98-56: Published: Feb 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether commercial practices offer ways to improve the Department of Defense's (DOD) process for transitioning weapons from development to production, focusing on: (1) a comparison of DOD's practices for preparing a weapon system for production with best commercial practices; (2) whether differences in commercial and DOD environments for developing...
National Missile Defense: Schedule and Technical Risks Represent Significant Development Challenges
NSIAD-98-28: Published: Dec 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1998.
Pursuant to congressional request, GAO reviewed the technical and schedule risks associated with the Department of Defense's (DOD) National Missile Defense (NMD) program.GAO noted that: (1) DOD faces significant challenges in the NMD program because of high schedule and technical risks; (2) schedule risk is high because the schedule requires a large number of activities to be completed in a relati...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Improvements Needed in Navy Area Acquisition Planning
NSIAD-98-34: Published: Nov 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Navy Area Theater Ballistic Missile Defense program to determine whether the: (1) program has met its milestones to date and its remaining schedule appears realistic; and (2) tests being conducted or planned will be adequate to demonstrate the system's capabilities before production begins.GAO noted that: (1) the Area program has experienced schedule slips totalling about 14 month...
Test and Evaluation: Impact of DOD's Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
NSIAD-98-22: Published: Oct 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation's (DOT&E) operations and organizational structure for overseeing operational testing, focusing on: (1) DOT&E's efforts and their impact on the quality of operational testing and evaluation in DOD; and (2) the strengths and weaknesses of the current organizat...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Improvements Needed in THAAD Acquisition Planning
NSIAD-97-188: Published: Sep 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program to determine whether: (1) planned testing would demonstrate operational effectiveness before a significant number of units are produced for deployment; and (2) missile target resources are adequate to support testing plans.GAO noted that: (1) the current THAAD program review and evaluation provides the Department of Defense (DOD)...