Weapon Systems Overview:

A Summary of Recent GAO Reports, Observations and Recommendations on Major Weapon Systems

NSIAD-83-7: Published: Sep 30, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1983.

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GAO summarized the reports it issued during the past year concerning 17 individual major defense systems and summarized the recommendations contained in each report.

GAO noted that the issues identified in the reports fall into two broad categories. About one-third of the issues have a direct impact on the weapon systems' effectiveness in accomplishing their intended missions; the remaining two-thirds are program acquisition issues requiring management decisions or improvements. Recommendations were made to Congress and the Secretaries of Defense, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force addressing problem areas. GAO stated that the recommendations and observations will have a potential positive impact on minimizing risk and ensuring effectiveness, improving disclosure to Congress, affirming requirements, evaluating alternatives, reducing costs, and improving program management.

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