Tactical Intelligence:

Joint STARS Needs Current Cost and Operational Effectiveness Analysis

NSIAD-93-117: Published: Apr 28, 1993. Publicly Released: May 7, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) acquisition program, focusing on whether the existing cost and operational effectiveness analysis was sufficient to permit an informed full-rate production decision.

GAO found that: (1) to support a JSTARS full-rate production decision, the Department of Defense (DOD) needs to develop a new analysis because of changes in threat, operations, and costs; (2) to develop an updated and comprehensive analysis could take up to 18 months, depending on its scope; and (3) the JSTARS full-rate production schedule could be jeopardized if the scope of a new analysis is not timely established.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD is preparing final guidance for an updated COEA for Joint STARS. DOD intends to initiate the COEA during late 1993. On August 11, 1993, DOD issued guidance to the Army and Air Force to update COEA.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition to perform an updated or new cost and operational effectiveness analysis (COEA) to support full-rate production of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (STARS).

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD is preparing final guidance for an updated COEA for Joint STARS. It intends to initiate the COEA during 1993 and finish it in time for the Joint STARS production decision in fiscal year 1996. On August 11, 1993, DOD issued guidance to the Army and Air Force to update COEA.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct that the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition determine the scope of the COEA by March 1994 to allow adequate time for the evaluation without affecting the Joint STARS acquisition plan.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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