Theater Missile Defense Program:

Funding and Personnel Requirements Are Not Fully Defined

NSIAD-93-84: Published: Dec 15, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) five theater missile defense systems, focusing on: (1) SDIO funding requirements for the planned theater missile defense capability; and (2) the Army's projected personnel requirements for operating and supporting the various theater missile defense systems.

GAO found that: (1) SDIO cannot estimate the total cost and personnel requirements because it has not fully defined the design and performance requirements for the overall required capability; (2) SDIO has not developed an overall program plan that defines how theater missile defense will interact within its own elements; (3) SDIO has not developed an overall program plan and acquisition strategy for acquiring and deploying the systems and has not fully defined certain performance requirements; (4) SDIO projected that it would need $2.4 billion more funding during fiscal years 1992 through 1997 than had been approved for the theater missile defense program in the Department of Defense fiscal year 1993 plan; and (5) the Army estimated that it would need about 1,300 people for the Theater High Altitude Area Defense System, and that no new personnel would be required if the upgraded Patriot system were selected for lower tier defense.

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