Strategic Defense Initiative:

Options for Revising Program Elements Used to Fund Program

NSIAD-92-10: Published: Nov 1, 1991. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) funding, focusing on: (1) alternatives to the program elements used to fund the fiscal year (FY) 1991 SDIO budget; and (2) ways Congress could establish control over SDIO funding.

GAO found that: (1) the FY 1991 mission-based program elements do not accurately reflect the Strategic Defense Initiative's new Global Protection Against Limited Strikes (GPALS) focus; (2) the SDIO alternative option for revising program elements involves distributing the technology projects among the program elements; (3) the GAO option includes one program element for technologies that support GPALS, one for other technologies and a separate element to fund management; and (4) Congress can establish control over SDIO funding by limiting the total appropriation and allowing SDIO to distribute funds among the program elements allocating the appropriation among each program element, or setting funding amounts for specific projects.

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