Weapons research and development (61 - 70 of 152 items)
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Efforts to Develop Laser Weapons for Theater Defense
NSIAD-99-50: Published: Mar 31, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) programs to develop laser weapons for missile defense, focusing on: (1) what laser weapons are being considered for missile defense and the coordination among the program offices developing the systems; (2) the status and cost of each system; and (3) the technical challenges each system faces as determined by DOD p...
Weapons Acquisitions: Guided Weapon Plans Need to Be Reassessed
NSIAD-99-32: Published: Dec 9, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of Defense's (DOD) major guided weapon programs, focusing on whether: (1) the services' plans for developing or procuring guided weapons can be carried out as proposed within relatively fixed defense budgets; (2) the number of guided weapons the services plan to buy is consistent with projected threats and modernization needs; (3) th...
Navy Mine Warfare: Plans to Improve Countermeasures Capabilities Unclear
NSIAD-98-135: Published: Jun 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's mine countermeasures efforts, focusing on the: (1) Navy's plans for improving mine countermeasures (MCM) capabilities; (2) status of current research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) programs; and (3) process the Department of Defense (DOD) used to prepare the annual certification required by Public Law 102-190.GAO noted that:...
AIM-9X Acquisition: Missile Risk Reduction Underway But System Production Plans Need to be Reexamined
NSIAD-98-45: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the development status of the AIM-9X missile program and its concerns about the testing and production of all elements of the AIM-9X weapon system, focusing on the: (1) services' efforts to reduce missile development risk; (2) missile program's plan to transition from development to production; and (3) importance of separately managed but essential...
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...
Theater Missile Defense: Significant Technical Challenges Face the Airborne Laser Program
NSIAD-98-37: Published: Oct 23, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Airborne Laser (ABL) program, focusing on: (1) the way in which the ABL is expected to change theater missile defense; (2) assurances that the ABL will be able to operate effectively in the levels of optical turbulence that may be encountered in the geographical areas in which the system might be used; and (3) the technical challe...
Multiple Launch Rocket System: Range Less Than Needed and Sustained Rocket Production Not Ensured
NSIAD-97-196R: Published: Jul 30, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1997.
GAO reviewed the Multiple Launch Rocket System's (MLRS) improvements.GAO noted that: (1) although the extended range rocket meets its requirement to provide longer range capability, it will not satisfy the Army's stated needs concerning range; (2) the Army approved limited production of extended range rockets about 1 year ago, but one of the rocket's five critical performance requirements has not...
Electronic Combat: Consolidation Master Plan Does Not Appear to Be Cost-Effective
NSIAD-97-10: Published: Jul 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Electronic Combat Consolidation Master Plan, focusing on the cost and benefits of DOD's consolidation plans for open air ranges, hardware-in-the-loop facilities, and installed system test facilities used in electronic combat testing.GAO noted that: (1) implementation of the Electronic Combat Consolidation Master Pl...
Army Armored Systems: Meeting Crusader Requirements Will Be a Technical Challenge
NSIAD-97-121: Published: Jun 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1997.
GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Army's Crusader program to determine: (1) the status of the program; and (2) whether there are any alternative howitzer systems that could meet the Crusader requirements.GAO noted that: (1) the Army believes that the Crusader system, using advanced technologies, has the potential to revolutionize field artillery operations; (2) according to Army analyses, the s...
Weapon Systems Procurement
NSIAD-96-152R: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) study on weapon systems procurement, focusing on the accuracy of the data and methodologies used in the study. GAO found that: (1) because DOD is generally optimistic in its weapon system procurement planning, DOD procurement programs are vulnerable to instability and unit costs could be higher than originally plan...