Engineering (1 - 10 of 24 items)
Space Acquisitions: Major Space Programs Still at Risk for Cost and Schedule Increases
GAO-08-552T: Published: Mar 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2008.
Each year, the Department of Defense (DOD) spends billions of dollars to acquire space-based capabilities to support current military and other government operations as well as to enable DOD to transform the way it collects and disseminates information, gathers data on adversaries, and attacks targets. In fiscal year 2009 alone, DOD expects to spend over $10 billion to develop and procure satellit...
Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites: Restructuring Is Under Way, but Challenges and Risks Remain
GAO-07-910T: Published: Jun 7, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2007.
The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is a tri-agency acquisition--managed by the Departments of Commerce and Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration--which experienced escalating costs, schedule delays, and technical difficulties. These factors led to a June 2006 decision to restructure the program thereby decreasing its complexity,...
Progress of the DD(X) Destroyer Program
GAO-05-752R: Published: Jun 14, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2005.
The Navy is developing a new destroyer, the DD(X), to serve as a next-generation multimission surface combatant ship. It will provide advanced land attack capability to support forces ashore and contribute to military dominance in shallow coastal water environments. To reduce program risk and demonstrate the ship's 12 technologies, the Navy is building 10 engineering development models that repres...
Federally Funded R&D Centers: Observations on DOD Actions To Improve Management
T-NSIAD-96-117: Published: Mar 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to improve the management of its federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), focusing on the: (1) guidelines to ensure that management fees paid to FFRDC are justified; (2) core work appropriate for FFRDC; (3) criteria for the acceptance of work outside of the core by FFRDC parent corporations; and (4) establishment of an indep...
Federal R&D Laboratories
RCED/NSIAD-96-78R: Published: Feb 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the federal research and development (R&D) laboratories operated by federal agencies and contractors. GAO found that: (1) 515 federal R&D laboratories spent a total of $26.6 billion out of an estimated $69.4 billion obligated for R&D in fiscal year (FY) 1995; (2) each laboratory has a specific mission or R&D program designed to suppo...
Space Station: Resolving Conflict Over Integration Contractor's Role
NSIAD-92-291BR: Published: Sep 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) contract to provide program support, engineering, and integration services for the Space Station Freedom program, focusing on: (1) the working relationship relative to the contractor's integration role; and (2) NASA evaluations of the contractor's performance.GAO found that: (1) although th...
Strategic Defense Initiative: Estimates of Brilliant Pebbles' Effectiveness Are Based on Many Unproven Assumptions
NSIAD-92-91: Published: Mar 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) assessment of the effectiveness of Brilliant Pebbles, a proposed space-based weapon for the Global Protection Against Limited Strikes (GPALS) Strategic Defense System.GAO found that: (1) as of December 1991, SDIO had not evaluated through computer simulations Brilliant Pebbles' performance agai...
Test and Evaluation: Description of Projects in DOD's Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program
NSIAD-91-111S: Published: May 7, 1991. Publicly Released: May 7, 1991.
GAO provided a supplement to its report on projects funded by the Department of Defense's (DOD) Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP).GAO provided information on 9 Air Force projects, 7 Army projects, 9 Navy projects, and 3 DOD and Defense Nuclear Agency projects. GAO also provided information on the: (1) justification for the CTEIP project; (2) interrelationships among the Air Fo...
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 Shuttle Accident: NASA's Actions To Address the Presidential Commission Report
NSIAD-88-30BR: Published: Oct 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) actions to address the recommendations in the report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident.GAO found that NASA has addressed or is addressing the intent of all 39 report recommendations. GAO also found that NASA: (1) established an advisory panel, including...