Weapons research and development (71 - 80 of 152 items)
Army and Marine Corps M198 Howitzer: Maintenance Problems Are Not Severe Enough to Accelerate Replacement System
NSIAD-96-59: Published: Dec 27, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether the Marine Corps' and Army's reported maintenance problems with the M198 howitzer justify the rapid development of a replacement weapon.GAO found that: (1) by themselves, the maintenance problems with the M198 howitzer do not justify accelerating the development of a replacement; (2) although Army and Marine Corps users of the M198 have exp...
Weapons Acquisition: Precision Guided Munitions in Inventory, Production, and Development
NSIAD-95-95: Published: Jun 23, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the military services' acquisition of precision guided munitions (PGM), focusing on: (1) the planned costs and quantities of PGM; (2) the services' rationale for initiating PGM development programs; (3) available options to attack surface targets with PGM; and (4) the extent of the services' joint development and procurement of PGM.GAO found that...
Navy Torpedo Programs: MK-48 ADCAP Upgrades Not Adequately Justified
NSIAD-95-104: Published: Jun 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Navy's plans to upgrade both the propulsion and the guidance and control systems of the MK-48 Advanced Capability torpedo (ADCAP), focusing on the: (1) need for the propulsion system upgrade; and (2) appropriateness of approving low-rate initial production of the guidance and control system.GAO found that: (1) the Navy believes the $249-million ADCAP propulsion system upgrade will...
Naval Surface Fire Support: Navy's Near-Term Plan Is Not Based on Sufficient Analysis
NSIAD-95-160: Published: May 19, 1995. Publicly Released: May 19, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's upgrade of its surface ships' guns to determine whether the Navy has chosen the most cost-effective system for improving naval surface fire support (NSFS).GAO found that: (1) the Navy did not sufficiently analyze its needs before deciding on the upgrade of its 5-inch, 54-caliber guns and the development of a 5-inch precision-guided munit...
High Risk Series: Defense Weapons Systems Acquisition
HR-95-4: Published: Feb 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) weapons system acquisition process, focusing on the internal control weaknesses that inhibit the development of major weapons requirements.GAO found that: (1) although the overall defense budget has declined, wasteful practices that inflate defense acquisition costs remain; (2) DOD continues to establish questionable requirements for its weapon system...
1995 Defense Budget: Potential Reductions and Rescissions in RDT&E and Procurement Programs
NSIAD-94-255BR: Published: Sep 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1994.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget request for selected research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and procurement programs, focusing on: (1) potential reductions to the FY 1995 budget request; and (2) rescissions to prior FY appropriations.GAO found that: (1) schedule delays, program requirement changes, and program uncertainties have affected RDT...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Information on Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Other Theater Missile Defense Systems
T-NSIAD-94-167: Published: May 3, 1994. Publicly Released: May 3, 1994.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, focusing on: (1) its status and estimated cost; (2) other missile defense systems proposed by the military services; and (3) the potential effects of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty on THAAD system development. GAO noted that: (1) the THAAD system is designed to defend against nuclear, biolog...
1994 Defense Budget: Potential Reductions, Rescissions, and Restrictions to RDT&E Programs
NSIAD-93-293BR: Published: Sep 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1993.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal year (FY) 1994 budget request and prior years' appropriations for its research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) programs, focusing on: (1) potential reductions to the FY 1994 budget request; (2) rescissions to prior FY appropriations; and (3) congressional restrictions on DOD obligational authority for certain FY 1994 RDT&E programs.G...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Strategic Target System Launches from Kauai
NSIAD-93-270: Published: Sep 13, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's plans to launch Strategic Target System (STARS) boosters from Hawaii, focusing on: (1) the cost of the STARS program; (2) what the cost of a catastrophic failure would be; and (3) whether planned STARS missions could be accomplished from other launch sites.GAO found that: (1) the cost of S...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Evolution and Current Issues
NSIAD-93-229: Published: Jul 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the evolution and progress of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program and current issues in funding ballistic missile defense (BMD) research and development, focusing on: (1) the role of Department of Defense (DOD) oversight boards; (2) investments in major projects; and (3) the progress of proposed systems.GAO found that: (1)...