Military forces (11 - 20 of 33 items)
National Space Issues: Observations on Defense Space Programs and Activities
NSIAD-94-253: Published: Aug 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) space programs and activities.GAO found that: (1) since 1989, the government's efforts to acquire a new space launch system have been unsuccessful; (2) the administration's current national space transportation strategy does not identify a mechanism for implementing high-level management within the Executive Office...
Military Space Programs: Comprehensive Analysis Needed and Cost Savings Available
T-NSIAD-94-164: Published: Apr 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
GAO discussed two Department of Defense (DOD) satellite programs. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has an opportunity to assess its needs for early missile warning information, since it cancelled the most recent follow-on program for its Defense Support Program (DSP) and replaced DSP with the Alert, Locate, and Report Missiles System (ALARM) which has more tactical emphasis; (2) DOD needs to review and val...
Triad Hearing Follow-up
PEMD-93-28R: Published: Aug 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 6, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to questions concerning the U.S. strategic nuclear triad. GAO found that: (1) the B-2 program involves the greatest number of unknowns for any weapon system and presents the highest level of cost uncertainty; (2) the Air Force could not justify the Minuteman III modernization program because of the program's high cost, extensive testing needs, and...
IMTEC-92-84R: Published: Sep 21, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Force's acquisition of the Granite Sentry system, one of five subsystems comprising the Air Force's Cheyenne Mountain Upgrade Program. GAO noted that: (1) the Granite Sentry program will replace display screens on the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment System; (2) the Air Force expects...
National Aero-Space Plane: Key Issues Facing the Program
T-NSIAD-92-26: Published: Mar 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 1992.
GAO discussed the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program, focusing on the program's flight testing plans, costs, schedule changes, and progress in developing key technologies. GAO noted that NASP: (1) is a joint Department of Defense/National Aeronautics and Space Administration technology development and demonstration program to build and test the X-30 manned experimental flight vehicle; (2) is...
Military Fasteners: Changes to Specifications Are Justified
NSIAD-91-309: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the basis for the Air Force's decision to change military specifications for class 3 threaded fasteners, focusing on its estimate of the cost to implement the changes.GAO found the Air Force: (1) decided to change specifications for class 3 threaded fasteners because of accidents caused by failures of nonconforming threaded parts which had passed e...
Army Weapons: Status of the Sense and Destroy Armor System
NSIAD-91-44BR: Published: Dec 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Army's Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM) program, focusing on: (1) Army compliance with congressional directives; (2) the current program schedule; (3) the Army's estimate of the program's total cost; (4) SADARM technical development and test results; and (5) SADARM ability to meet a counterfire mission requirement.GAO found that t...
Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Basis for Reductions in Estimated Cost of Phase I
NSIAD-90-173: Published: May 9, 1990. Publicly Released: May 10, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) reasons for reducing its cost estimate for the Phase 1 Strategic Defense System, and the credibility of its October 1988 estimate of $69.1 billion.GAO found that: (1) SDIO appropriately prepared the October 1988 cost estimate, but made errors that understated the cost by $2.1 billion; (2) SDIO...
Navy Strategic Forces: Trident II Proceeding Toward Deployment
NSIAD-89-40: Published: Nov 21, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the acquisition status of the Navy's Trident II system.GAO found that the: (1) Trident II system development is on schedule; (2) Navy will need to continue testing the system after the December 1989 initial operational capability date to obtain sufficient data to verify missile performance; (3) Department of Defense's December 31, 1987, estimated p...
Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA's Galileo Mission to Jupiter
NSIAD-88-138FS: Published: May 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the cost, schedule, performance and status of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Galileo mission to Jupiter.GAO found that: (1) although NASA initially estimated the total costs for the project at $410.1 million, it increased its estimate to $1,362.5 million due to shuttle launch delays, changes to the upper stages of the...