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B-2 Bomber: Initial Flight Tests
NSIAD-90-284: Published: Sep 4, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) test reports and evaluation documents for the B-2 aircraft program.GAO found that: (1) testing was adequate for the basic flight capabilities of the B-2 aircraft in the limited conditions planned and tested; (2) Block 1 tests demonstrated the basic flight worthiness of B-2, but was not a rigorous demonstration of i...
Test and Evaluation: The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation's Role in Test Resources
NSIAD-90-128: Published: Aug 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the tasks of the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), focusing on the Director's: (1) role as chairman of the Test and Evaluation Committee; and (2) use of early operational assessments.GAO found that: (1) the Deputy Secretary of Defense appointed the director as chairman of the Test and Evaluation Committee to be respon...
Department of Defense: Improving Management to Meet the Challenges of the 1990s
T-NSIAD-90-57: Published: Jul 25, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1990.
GAO discussed opportunities for the Department of Defense (DOD) to improve its management of defense programs and the potential resulting savings. GAO noted that: (1) DOD needs to prepare its 5-year spending plans to reflect fiscal realities and recent world events; (2) the proposed 1991 defense budget reflects a projection totalling $1.5 trillion, but the total planned spending for individual pro...
Status of the Navy's New Seawolf Attack Submarine and its New Combat Systems
T-NSIAD-90-38: Published: Jul 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 1990.
GAO discussed the status of the Navy's new Seawolf nuclear attack submarine (SSN-21) program and its AN/BSY 2 combat system. GAO found that: (1) one shipyard is responsible for the submarine's overall design under a $343-million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, and another shipyard is designing the engine room and its equipment under a $212-million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract; (2) AN/BSY 2 is critic...
Strategic Defense System: Stable Design and Adequate Testing Must Precede Decision to Deploy
IMTEC-90-61: Published: Jul 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed why the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) will not be able to support currently scheduled full-scale development or deployment decisions on any part of Phase I of the Strategic Defense System.GAO found that: (1) SDIO cost estimates range from $69.6 billion to $87 billion for completion of Phase I development and deployment; (2) the s...
Defense Acquisition Programs: Status of Selected Programs
NSIAD-90-159: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the requirements, schedule, performance, cost, and funding support of selected Department of Defense (DOD) weapon system acquisition programs.GAO found that: (1) DOD decided not to fund the Non-Line-of Sight Missile procurement because other programs had higher priority; (2) demonstration and validation of the Light Helicopter (LHX) program began i...
Weapons Testing: DOD Needs to Plan and Conduct More Timely Operational Tests and Evaluation
NSIAD-90-107: Published: May 17, 1990. Publicly Released: May 17, 1990.
GAO reviewed how the Department of Defense (DOD) could better perform operational testing and evaluation (OT&E) before starting production of weapons systems.GAO found that: (1) DOD and the services made little progress in conducting OT&E before production because of a lack of prototypes, concurrent development and production, and the need to initiate production to obtain test articles; (2) those...
Weapon Systems: Concurrency in the Acquisition Process
T-NSIAD-90-43: Published: May 17, 1990. Publicly Released: May 17, 1990.
GAO discussed concurrency in the Department of Defense's (DOD) acquisition of weapons systems. GAO referred to various GAO reports which illustrated that advanced weapons systems production before successful critical testing resulted in systems that did not perform as DOD intended. GAO believes that: (1) DOD can no longer afford to concurrently develop and produce high-cost advanced weapons system...
Navy Ships: Status of SSN-21 Ship Construction Program
NSIAD-90-163: Published: Apr 19, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Navy's Seawolf Attack Submarine (SSN-21) construction program, focusing on: (1) the program's status; (2) SSN-21 performance capabilities; and (3) the Navy's ability to maintain the SSN-21 force structure.GAO found that: (1) the Navy used two shipyards to design SSN-21 and was proceeding with its construction plans; (2) during the research and development phase, the Navy experienc...
Test and Evaluation: An Assessment of DOD's Operational Test and Evaluation Capability Improvement Program
NSIAD-90-141: Published: Mar 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 1990.
GAO reviewed whether the Department of Defense (DOD) Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Capability Improvement Program was within the jurisdiction of the Office of the Director, OT&E.GAO found that: (1) the OT&E Capability Improvement Program was not within the scope of the Director's mission, since the services had primary responsibility for planning, programming, and budgeting for adequate t...