Defense Acquisitions Issue Area Plan for Fiscal Years 1998-2000

IAP-98-7: Published: Apr 1, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1998.

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GAO provided information on its Defense Acquisitions issue area plan for fiscal years 1998 through 2000, focusing on: (1) the justification for systems; (2) development and acquisition of weapon and space systems; (3) the Department of Defense's and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's budgeting for their procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation accounts; (4) the management of acquisition process, including acquisition reform initiatives, reductions in acquisition infrastructure, and defense industry restructuring; and (5) international acquisition of and collaboration on major weapon systems.

GAO plans to examine: (1) the adequacy of the justifications for systems selected for development or modification; (2) the efficient, effective, and economical acquisition of systems; (3) assurance that funds budgeted for procurement and research, development, test, and evaluation can and should be spent as indicated; (4) improvements in the acquisition process, cost savings, from acquisition reform initiatives, related infrastructure reductions, and defense industry restructuring; and (5) the use of international collaboration to acquire weapons in the most cost-effective manner.

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