Opportunities for Improving Management of the Navy's Aegis Cruiser Program

C-MASAD-81-8: Published: Feb 28, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1981.

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The Aegis weapon system is the antiair warfare weapon designed to protect the Navy's carrier battle groups from air- and sea-launched missiles. It is comprised of advanced-design radar and related hardware and software. Two systems have been procured for the Navy's newest cruisers, the CG-47 and CG-48. The fiscal year 1981 Defense budget provides procurement funds for two more Aegis equipped cruisers.

Although a complete Aegis weapon system will not be operated until the first Aegis-equipped cruiser is launched, Navy officials are confident that their actual live tracking and simulator-assisted tests provide proof that the system will be capable against the existing and currently foreseen threat. However, serious questions surround the supply support aspects of its operational availability. The supply support policy planned for the Aegis weapon system will not ensure that the system reaches its maximum operational availability. None of the analyses conducted by the Navy or the prime contractor considered the entire system; each report examined only the subsystems of the Aegis weapon system. The CG-47 being constructed to house the system will also have another air search radar system, the SPS-49. The SPS-49 appears to be an inadequate backup for the Aegis system. Therefore, retaining the SPS-49 is highly questionable. Furthermore, this ship provides an inadequate margin for the growth required by Navy standards.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Matter: Congress should receive a report if critical systems will not be available.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to reexamine the need for the SPS-49 on CG-47 class ships to determine that its benefits are commensurate with its weight and cost.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to reexamine the need for the SPS-49 on CG-47 class ships to determine that its benefits are commensurate with its weight and cost.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to ensure that Defense Acquisition Regulations are followed in the decision for procuring power converters for the CG-48 and subsequent ships in this class.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to ensure that Defense Acquisition Regulations are followed in the decision for procuring power converters for the CG-48 and subsequent ships in this class.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to emphasize weight reduction efforts and carefully monitor the effect of future systems, such as the Vertical Launching System, on the ship's weight and stability.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to emphasize weight reduction efforts and carefully monitor the effect of future systems, such as the Vertical Launching System, on the ship's weight and stability.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to identify, through the CG-47 Selected Acquisition Report, the status of important weapon systems that are scheduled to be deployed on this multimission ship. If critical systems will not be available on time, such limitations in the ship's capability should be reported to Congress.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to identify, through the CG-47 Selected Acquisition Report, the status of important weapon systems that are scheduled to be deployed on this multimission ship. If critical systems will not be available on time, such limitations in the ship's capability should be reported to Congress.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to evaluate how various supply support methodologies affect the availability of the entire Aegis weapon system. If methodologies other than the presently adopted Fleet Logistic Support Improvement Program system can provide a significantly greater system at about the same cost, it should be selected for implementation on the Aegis system.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to evaluate how various supply support methodologies affect the availability of the entire Aegis weapon system. If methodologies other than the presently adopted Fleet Logistic Support Improvement Program system can provide a significantly greater system at about the same cost, it should be selected for implementation on the Aegis system.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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