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Strategic Defense Initiative: Some Claims Overstated for Early Flight Tests of Interceptors
NSIAD-92-282: Published: Sep 8, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the accuracy of Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) claims concerning flight test results.GAO found that the: (1) Kinetic Kill Vehicle Integrated Technology Experiment (KITE) utilizes a shroud to protect the optical window sensor at the missile's front; (2) Army Strategic Defense Command inaccurately claimed that the K...
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...
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...
Issues and Anticipated Results
D06981: Dec 3, 1990
The National Security and International Affairs Division (NSIAD) is called upon to review national and international programs for protecting the population and advancing the political, economic, and military interests of the United States. NSIAD's audit jurisdiction includes the Departments of Defense and State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the defense and international a...
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...
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...
Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Zenith Star Space-Based Chemical Laser Experiment
NSIAD-89-118: Published: Apr 14, 1989. Publicly Released: May 15, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) Space-Based Chemical Laser (SBCL) Research Program, specifically: (1) SDIO progress and changes in SBCL research; (2) whether changes in SBCL research priorities were detrimental to other laser research; and (3) Department of Defense (DOD) and SDIO actions to determine SB...
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...