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B-2 Bomber: Cost and Operational Issues
NSIAD-97-181: Published: Aug 14, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the B-2 bomber, focusing on the current status of cost and operational issues.GAO noted that: (1) the total cost of the B-2 appears to have stabilized; (2) the Air Force has reported that the total estimated B-2 acquisition costs (development, procurement, and military construction) decreased from $44,946 million in early 1995 to $44,754 million...
NSIAD-97-100R: Published: Feb 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1997.
GAO provided information on the: (1) inflation rates the Department of Defense (DOD) directed the Air Force to use to estimate the cost of the F-22 advanced tactical fighter program; (2) requirement for two-seat F-22s for training; and (3) plan to buy 70 F-22s during the low-rate initial production phase.GAO noted that: (1) DOD directed the Air Force to assume an inflation rate of about 2.2 percen...
Weapons Acquisition: Better Use of Limited DOD Acquisition Funding Would Reduce Costs
NSIAD-97-23: Published: Feb 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) weapons acquisition procedures, focusing on: (1) DOD's practice of reducing the annual production of weapons below planned optimum rates during full-rate production; (2) the reasons for this practice; and (3) the effect of this practice on the costs and availability of weapons.GAO found that: (1) DOD has inappropriately placed a high priority on buyin...
Airborne Self-Protection Jammer
NSIAD-97-46R: Published: Jan 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the testing and data now available concerning the operational effectiveness and suitability of the Airborne Self-Protection Jammer (ASPJ).GAO noted that: (1) test results and operational data now available do not support restarting ASPJ production; (2) reasons for this are the limitations in the scope of recent testing and a lack of demonstrated im...
Prototype THAAD System
NSIAD-97-70R: Published: Jan 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1997.
GAO identified information about the Army's User Operational Evaluation System (UOES) interceptor testing that raises additional concerns. GAO noted that its specific concerns focus on the use of one interceptor configuration in testing to be the basis for production of UOES interceptors of a different configuration and the extent of DOD acceptance of technical risk by using the more complex InSb...
B-2 Bomber: Status of Efforts to Acquire 21 Operational Aircraft
NSIAD-97-11: Published: Oct 22, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1996.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Air Force's progress in acquiring B-2 aircraft, focusing on: (1) recent B-2 bomber program changes; (2) program funding and current cost estimates; and (3) progress achieved in the flight test program, production, and modification efforts.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force is confident that the program, as currently defined, can...
Electronic Warfare: Additional Buys of Sensor System Should Be Delayed Pending Satisfactory Testing
NSIAD-96-175: Published: Sep 27, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Army's program for acquiring the Intelligence Electronic Warfare Common Sensor (IEWCS), focusing on whether the Army was ensuring that the system performed acceptably before committing to the system's production.GAO found that: (1) the Army prematurely committed to low-rate initial production of IEWCS systems to install on Advanced Quickfix (AQF) helicopters; (2) the Army is plann...
Joint STARS Production Decision
NSIAD-96-242R: Published: Sep 20, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 1996.
GAO reviewed the military services' Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) efforts, focusing on the Air Force Operation Test and Evaluation Center's (AFOTEC) multiservice operational test and evaluation final report. GAO noted that: (1) the Department of Defense has recently reached a decision to commit to the full-rate production of Joint STARS, but the system has not demonst...
Battlefield Automation: Army Land Warrior Program Acquisition Strategy May Be Too Ambitious
NSIAD-96-190: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Army's Land Warrior System, focusing on: (1) various technology and human factor problems associated with system development; (2) the Army's acquisition strategy; and (3) the Army's plans to integrate the system with the digital battlefield.GAO found that: (1) the Army has not adequately addressed several technical and human factor problems identified during system development, wh...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Issues Concerning Acquisition of THAAD Prototype System
NSIAD-96-136: Published: Jul 9, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) User Operational Evaluation System (UOES) program, focusing on whether planned testing would reasonably demonstrate the capabilities of UOES as an interim system before funds are committed to interceptor production.GAO found that: (1) the Army purchased 20 interceptors for demonstration and validation flight tests, of which only 14 will b...