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Outlook for Production on the Navy's LHA and DD-963 Shipbuilding Programs

B-163058: Published: Jul 26, 1973. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1973.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: As a means of exercising appropriate legislative controls over pending major weapon systems, Congress may wish to require that: (1) determination be made by the Secretary of Defense, prior to authorizing production of a new system or major modification of an existing system, that all of its significant components have satisfactorily met all prescribed developmental tests; and (2) in any case where the Secretary of Defense considers that authorization of production is essential even though not all developmental tests have been satisfactorily completed, a certification to that effect be furnished by the Secretary of Defense to the appropriate congressional committees--such certification to include the reasons for authorizing concurrent development and production and the status of development of each significant component.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should take action to insure that: (1) Army regulations be revised to require that, before a weapon system or a subsystem thereof is type-classified Standard A and approved for full production, tests should satisfactorily show that the overall weapon system, including all essential components, is suitable for operational use; (2) Army regulations be revised to require that, before a weapon system or subsystem is approved for limited production type-classification and is released for limited production, that the weapon system or subsystem satisfactorily pass a suitable engineering test performed by a responsible testing agency; (3) Army policies and regulations be established to ensure that development of a new weapon concept be completed and its acceptability for operational use be proven by suitable tests in its initial application before the new concept is committed to other weapon systems.

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