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Test and Evaluation: Reducing Risks to Military Aircraft From Bird Collisions
NSIAD-89-127: Published: Jul 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the services': (1) testing of military aircraft to reduce losses and damages resulting from bird collisions; and (2) development and use of nonflammable hydraulic fluid to reduce fire risks.GAO found that: (1) between 1983 and 1987, military aircraft collided with birds over 16,000 times, causing the loss of 9 aircraft, 6 crew member fatalities, an...
Adequacy of Department of Defense Operational Test and Evaluation
T-NSIAD-89-39: Published: Jun 16, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1989.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) operational testing and evaluation (OT&E) of major weapon systems. GAO found that: (1) there was insufficient management oversight of the OT&E function; (2) such factors as requirements urgency and prototype costs outweighed the need to identify and correct performance shortfalls; (3) DOD had no established policies or procedures for maintaining accu...
DOD Test and Evaluation
T-PEMD-89-4: Published: May 4, 1989. Publicly Released: May 4, 1989.
GAO discussed the status of testing and evaluation in the Department of Defense (DOD). GAO found that: (1) unrealistic test conditions and analysis and reporting problems cast doubt upon the validity of joint services evaluations; (2) although DOD established an Office for Testing and Evaluation, its methodology was not adequate to assess the effectiveness and suitability of major conventional wea...
Close Air Support: Upgraded A-7 Aircraft's Mission Effectiveness and Total Cost Unknown
NSIAD-88-210: Published: Sep 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Air Force's efforts to upgrade its A-7 aircraft.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) awarded a contract to develop two upgraded A-7 prototypes, known as the A-7 PLUS, to evaluate the feasibility of engineering changes; (2) did not identify specific operational performance requirements for the upgraded aircraft, but expects that they will perfo...
Weapons Testing: Quality of DOD Operational Testing and Reporting
T-PEMD-88-9: Published: Sep 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1988.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD): (1) operational testing and evaluation of six weapon systems; and (2) reporting of the test results to Congress. GAO found that: (1) testing and evaluation were inadequate due to significant planning, execution, realism, and analysis limitations; (2) DOD often significantly altered test plans after initial approval, resulting in a reduction of reali...
Weapon Systems: Acquisition of the Army's Line-of-Sight Forward Heavy Air Defense System
NSIAD-88-198: Published: Jun 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's acquisition of a Line-of-Sight Forward Heavy (LOS-F-H) System, as part of its Forward Area Air Defense Command, Control, and Intelligence System, focusing on the adequacy and realism of the Army's competitive tests and the system's estimated cost.GAO found that: (1) although the competitive testing was limited due to time constraints,...
Test and Evaluation: An Assessment of Navy's Long-Term Underwater Test Resources Plan
NSIAD-88-80: Published: Mar 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's Long-Term Underwater Support Resources Plan, to determine its comprehensiveness and usefulness as a management tool.GAO found that, although the plan covers tracking ranges, ship noise measurement facilities, targets, and real-time simulators, it does not: (1) consolidate and prioritize test resource development and acquisition progra...
[Comments on Army Contractor's Involvement in Operational Weapons Testing]
B-205804: Published: Mar 25, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1988.
GAO commented on the Army's proposed policy to restrict contractors from participating in operational tests of their weapon systems. GAO noted that the restrictions would preclude contractors from exerting undue influence on weapons testing and scoring...
Aircraft Development: The Advanced Tactical Fighter's Costs, Schedule, and Performance Goals
NSIAD-88-76: Published: Jan 13, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force's development of its Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF), especially its ability to meet the cost, schedule, and performance goals.GAO found that: (1) the Air Force awarded two contracts to develop and test the prototype aircraft and a separate ground-based avionics prototype; (2) evaluations of these test results will n...
DOD Simulations: Improved Assessment Procedures Would Increase the Credibility of Results
PEMD-88-3: Published: Dec 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1988.
GAO reviewed selected Department of Defense (DOD) weapons systems simulations to determine: (1) what factors DOD should consider in assessing simulation credibility; (2) the results of assessing weapons systems simulations with respect to these factors; and (3) DOD efforts to reinforce simulation credibility.GAO developed an assessment framework of 14 factors covering theory, model design, input d...