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Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Extent of Foreign Participation
NSIAD-90-2: Published: Feb 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the level and type of foreign participation in the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) Program.GAO found that: (1) 8 foreign countries held 67 SDI contracts valued at $297.1 million, representing about 3 percent of total SDI contracts; (2) foreign contractors committed about 14 percent of contract funds to U.S. subcontractors or other U.S. organizat...
ICBM Modernization: Availability Problems and Flight Test Delays in Peacekeeper Program
NSIAD-89-105: Published: Mar 9, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1989.
GAO provided information regarding the Air Force's progress in achieving and sustaining full operational capability for the Peacekeeper missile force.GAO found that the Air Force: (1) delayed its plans to start full operational capability testing, citing congressional directions, basing mode redirections, gaps between developmental and operational flight testing, and production delays; (2) believe...
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...
Missile Development: AMRAAM's Combat Effectiveness at Production Not Fully Tested
NSIAD-88-186: Published: Jul 7, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Air Force and Navy developmental and operational testing of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) to assess the: (1) test plan's adequacy; (2) Air Force's implementation of the plan; and (3) test results.GAO found that: (1) the AMRAAM test plan was comprehensive and addressed each performance requirement; (2) the Air Force comple...
Quality Assurance: Concerns About Four Navy Missile Systems
NSIAD-88-104: Published: Mar 24, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed quality assurance problems on four missile systems, the Phoenix, the Harpoon, the Sparrow, and the High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) missiles, to determine the causes and potential effects of the problems.GAO found that: (1) all the missiles it examined had defects, since they did not completely conform to contract specifications; (2) some defect...
Missile Development: Development Status of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
NSIAD-87-168: Published: Aug 14, 1987. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile at the low-rate and full-rate production milestones, focusing on: (1) design stability; (2) test adequacy; and (3) the accuracy of the cost estimate for 17,000 Air Force missiles.GAO found that, at the time of the low-rate production decision: (1) there were design, performance, and cost...
ICBM Modernization: Status, Survivable Basing Issues, and Need To Reestablish a National Consensus
NSIAD-86-200: Published: Sep 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1986.
GAO reported on the status of the land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Modernization Program, specifically: (1) the deployment of 50 Peacekeeper missiles in existing Minuteman silos; (2) research to determine a survivable basing mode for 50 additional Peacekeeper missiles or other missiles; and (3) the development of a small, single-warhead ICBM.GAO found that: (1) the Department o...
Status of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Modernization Program
NSIAD-85-78: Published: Jul 8, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 1985.
GAO reviewed various aspects of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) modernization program, focusing on: (1) cost, performance, and system development issues pertaining to the Peacekeeper missile system; and (2) progress made by the Air Force in developing the small ICBM and its survivable basing modes.GAO found that the ICBM modernization program is progressing as planned with no major d...
The Army's Multiple Launch Rocket System Is Progressing Well and Merits Continued Support
MASAD-82-13: Published: Feb 5, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1982.
GAO conducted a review of the Multiple Launch Rocket System program to determine the Army's progress in developing this system as it approaches a critical testing phase and as Congress prepares to review requests for large-scale funding to finance its procurement.Certain technical problems require resolution; however, the system has done quite well in testing so far, and the system is also meeting...
Navy Air Launched Missiles--Increased Availability Through Improved Inspection and Maintenance Scheduling Practices
C-PLRD-82-2: Published: Dec 16, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1981.
The Navy's tactical air-to-air missiles are a key element of U.S. defense. Many of the Navy's surface-launched and air-to-surface missiles met or exceeded asset readiness objectives, the yearend percentage goal of serviceable assets divided by total assets, for fiscal year 1980. However, the Navy did not achieve its objectives for the Sparrow, Sidewinder, and PHOENIX tactical air-to-air missiles f...