DOD's Management of Automatic and General Purpose Electronic Test Equipment

LCD-80-106: Published: Sep 4, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1980.

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A survey was conducted to evaluate the Department of Defense's (DOD) policies and procedures for authorizing, acquiring, selecting, and using automatic and general purpose electronic test equipment and to determine the magnitude of test equipment problems previously identified.

The Air Force and the Navy are the largest users of automatic testing, and have about $15 billion invested in current automatic test equipment inventories. The Navy has recognized its opportunities to improve its visibility over and use of general purpose electronic test equipment and has taken action to better redistribute equipment to meet the needs of fleet activities. It has also taken steps to establish a centralized system to provide visibility over all general purpose electronic test equipment inventory estimated at over $1 billion. A system is being developed by the Naval Electronic Systems Command to identify general purpose electronic test equipment shortages and overages among commands. The system is expected to be complete in about 3 years. Currently, the Command has data available from air and sea activities to identify overages in one command to fill shortages in other commands, but does not have authority to direct intercommand transfers of equipment.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Navy to eliminate the obstacles that currently inhibit the redistribution of excess general purpose electronic test equipment among using commands. The Secretary should also direct the Navy to require the Naval Electronic Systems Command to certify that all available general purpose electronic test equipment has been screened for availability and redistribution before purchasing new equipment.

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