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Information on Cancelled Integrated Flight Test-16 for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Element
GAO-03-767R: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
This report provides information on Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element flight test known as Integrated Flight Test (IFT)-16. This test was planned for the third quarter of fiscal year 2004 but was recently cancelled by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the agency within the Department of Defense (DOD) responsible for developing the ballistic missile defense system and its elements. Speci...
China: U.S. and European Union Arms Sales Since the 1989 Embargoes
T-NSIAD-98-171: Published: Apr 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the status of the arms embargoes imposed on China by the European Union (EU) and the United States following the 1989 massacre of demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, focusing on the: (1) terms of the EU embargoes; (2) extent of EU and U.S. sales of military items to China since 1989; and (3) potential role that such items could play in ad...
Missile Development: Status and Issues at the Time of the TSSAM Termination Decision
NSIAD-95-46: Published: Jan 20, 1995. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM) program, focusing on the: (1) reliability of TSSAM; (2) increases in TSSAM unit production costs; (3) changes in the number of variants and quantities to be acquired; and (4) availability of alternative systems. GAO noted that: (1) in December 1994, the Secretary of Defense announced plans to cancel the TSSA...
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...
Space Nuclear Propulsion: History, Cost, and Status of Programs
T-NSIAD-93-2: Published: Oct 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1992.
GAO discussed the history, costs, and current status of space nuclear thermal propulsion programs being developed by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with support from the Department of Energy (DOE). GAO noted that: (1) DOD and NASA are pursuing separate approaches to develop space nuclear thermal propulsion programs; (2) the DOD program...
Attack Warning: Status of the Survivable Communications Integration System
IMTEC-92-61BR: Published: Jul 9, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force's acquisition of the Survivable Communications Integration System (SCIS), focusing on: (1) program costs and schedule overruns; and (2) the status of design and development activities to meet the Department of Defense's needs.GAO found that: (1) total SCIS costs have increased 65 percent, to $234 million; (2) a 3-year c...
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...