Deficiencies Identified With an Urban Warfare Modeling Program at the TRADOC Systems Analysis Activity

MASAD-82-46: Published: Aug 20, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1982.

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GAO reviewed Department of Defense efforts concerning military operations on urbanized terrain. Important to these efforts is an Army project to develop a computer model to evaluate the effectiveness of their doctrine and tactics relative to the unique features of urban warfare and to identify future combat development needs for the urban battlefield.

GAO found that several fundamental control and coordination tasks that are essential for successful model development have not been implemented. For example, formal plans have not been developed, cost data for specific developmental phases have not been formulated, periodic reporting between model developers and management has not been established, and user requirements have not been considered in designing the model. As a result, the model may have only limited use in assessing current Army urban warfare programs and in identifying future combat development needs. The failure to follow generally accepted systems development standards and the absence of a project manager have contributed to the fact that these tasks have not been implemented.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct TRADOC to require the TRADOC Systems Analysis Activity to follow standardized and formalized systems development procedures as stated in Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 64. Specifically, formal plans should be developed, cost data for developmental phases should be formulated, periodic reporting between model developers and TRADOC management should be established, and user requirements should be considered.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct TRADOC to appoint a project manager with formally assigned responsibility and authority to direct development efforts. The completion milestone should be evaluated and action should be taken quickly to raise the level of attention being given to meeting the established objectives. This should be a fundamental goal for the new project manager.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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