Battlefield Automation:

Army Air Defense Command and Control System Acquisition and Budget Issues

NSIAD-87-208: Published: Sep 28, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's Forward Area Air Defense Command, Control and Intelligence System (FAAD C2I) focusing on the system's cost, schedule and performance, and the Army's 1988 budget request.

GAO found that: (1) the Army underestimated program costs by about $3.2 billion because it did not include costs related to the Army National Guard, corps missile battalions, and war reserves; (2) although projected delays in acquiring computer software and hardware could delay the system's acquisition and fielding schedule, the Army did not defer the contracts for the second phase of development; (3) the Army plans to deploy the initial FAAD C2I system without an aerial sensor or certain aircraft identification features; and (4) the Army may not need $93.2 million of its $207.8 million fiscal year (FY) 1988 funding request because of the projected schedule delays.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Joint Conference Committee deleted the Army's FY 1988 budget request of $93.2 million for the FAAD C2 System.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, should reduce the Army's FY 1988 FAAD C2I funding request by $93.2 million.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Joint Conference Committee deleted the Army's FY 1988 budget request of $93.2 million for the FAAD C2 System.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should review the decision to exclude certain requirements when estimating the FAAD C2I program cost.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Joint Conference Committee deleted the Army's FY 1988 budget request of $93.2 million for the FAAD C2 System.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the project office to include all valid requirements in subsequent cost estimates.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army

 

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