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AN/BSY-1 Combat System Operational Evaluation

NSIAD-93-81: Published: Nov 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed results of the AN/BSY-1 submarine combat system's operational evaluation, focusing on: (1) testing limitations and their impact on the evaluation; and (2) whether the evaluation was conducted independent of the AN/BSY-1 program office.

GAO found that: (1) the Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Commander concluded that AN/BSY-1 was operationally effective and suitable for fleet introduction; (2) 23 of the 27 critical operational issues examined were satisfactorily resolved; (3) 96 percent of the systems and all trainers have been delivered to the Navy and initial operating capability has been achieved; (4) reliability and maintainability, two critical operational issues, were not satisfactorily resolved; (5) testing limitations resulted in incomplete demonstration of weapon employment and navigation and unrealistic operational testing; (6) it could not verify the independence of the operational evaluation; and (7) it could not assess how effectively OT&E carried out its responsibilities, since OT&E did not establish the number of on-site visits required.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Defense (DOD) does not agree with the formal establishment of the specific number of onsite visits to be made. DOT&E will provide guidance on the approach to onsite monitoring. Guidance was promulgated on October 18, 1993.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Director, OT&E, to formally establish, before the start of a system's operational evaluation, the number of on-site observations required to properly monitor operational tests and evaluations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD does not agree with GAO regarding the formal establishment of the specific test to be observed. It maintains that oversight should be tailored to system maturity and progress.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Director, OT&E, to formally establish, before the start of a system's operational evaluation, which tests should be observed.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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