National security (71 - 80 of 99 items)
Space Program Safety: Funding for NASA's Safety Organizations Should Be Centralized
NSIAD-90-187: Published: Aug 16, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 16, 1990.
GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) safety-related programs to determine whether NASA complied with recommendations that it establish an independent organization with direct authority for safety programs.GAO found that: (1) NASA established the Office of Safety, Reliability, Maintainability and Quality Assurance (SRM&QA), under which field center safety organiza...
Space Transportation: NASA Has No Firm Need for Increasingly Costly Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle
NSIAD-90-192: Published: Jul 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) program, focusing on: (1) the need to continue the OMV program in light of reductions in OMV capabilities; and (2) the reasons for changes in OMV program costs and schedules.GAO found that: (1) the OMV conceptual design has evolved over a number of years; (...
Technology Development: Future Use of NASA's Large Format Camera Is Uncertain
NSIAD-90-142: Published: Jun 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Jun 6, 1990.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had stored the Large Format Camera (LFC) since its first and only flight in 1984; and (2) possible future LFC uses.GAO found that: (1) NASA had successfully demonstrated LFC capabilities by showing that high-quality pictures could be produced in space; and (2) NASA acquired high-r...
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...
NASA Project Status Reports: Congressional Requirements Can Be Met, but Reliability Must Be Ensured
NSIAD-90-40: Published: Jan 23, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ability to produce status reports that provide sufficient and reliable cost, schedule, and performance information on major NASA projects.GAO found that NASA and its four principal oversight congressional committees jointly established and agreed to new criteria for NASA project status repo...
Investment in Foreign Aerospace Vehicle Research and Technological Development Efforts
T-NSIAD-89-43: Published: Aug 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1989.
GAO discussed foreign countries' aerospace goals and objectives, current aerospace vehicle programs, technological challenges, testing, and prospects for international cooperation. GAO found that: (1) foreign countries developed technologies for various concepts of operational aerospace vehicles to secure independent access to space, reduce launching costs, and ensure a competitive role in future...
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...
GAO's Views on SDIO's Phase I Cost Estimate
T-NSIAD-89-18: Published: Mar 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1989.
GAO discussed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) revised cost estimate for phase I of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). GAO found that SDIO revised its estimate of $145.7 billion to $69.1 billion in October 1988 because it: (1) significantly reduced the quantities of sensors and weapons needed for SDI phase I; (2) reduced by 51 percent the number of space-based intercepto...
Space Shuttle: Readiness of the Transoceanic Abort Landing Sites
NSIAD-89-22: Published: Dec 16, 1988. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the operational readiness of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) transoceanic abort landing (TAL) sites to support space shuttle missions.GAO found that NASA: (1) currently has one TAL site each in Morocco and Gambia and two in Spain; (2) completed operational readiness inspections of the sites, focusing on navigational and c...