Battlefield Automation:

Premature Acquisition of the Army's Combat Service Support Control System

NSIAD-94-51: Published: Feb 4, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1994.

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GAO evaluated the Army's development and acquisition strategy for the Combat Service Support Control System (CSSCS) to determine whether it will ensure that the CSSCS program is ready to initiate acquisition of common hardware and software (CHS) computers and related equipment, focusing on the Army's rationale for initiating equipment acquisitions prior to conducting an operational test of the system.

GAO found that: (1) the Army has postponed CSSCS operational testing due to delays in software development and technical testing; (2) the Army has not justified its acquisition of CSSCS, since it has a sufficient number of computers to complete CSSCS operational testing; (3) the Army does not plan to use the results of its 1-week demonstration to justify CSSCS procurement; (4) the Army's CSSCS acquisition strategy has resulted in premature equipment acquisitions and costly upgrades; (5) the Army's strategy to initiate low-rate initial production for CSSCS ignores congressional acquisition guidance to test Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) segments as an integrated system; (6) the fiscal year 1994 Department of Defense appropriation denied funding for CSSCS procurement; and (7) the Army is planning to conduct operational testing before seeking full-rate production approval for CSSCS.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Based on GAO work and briefings, the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee deleted the CSSCS FY 1994 funding request of $12.825 million.

    Recommendation: Given that the Army's unsettled CSSCS acquisition strategy could result in the premature procurement of additional CSSCS hardware, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to defer procurement of CSSCS computers until the system software that is to be fielded successfully: (1) completes an operational test that demonstrates its military effectiveness; and (2) demonstrates automated data exchange among and between the Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) control segments.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: DOD did not agree to redistribute computers to CSSCS for testing. Instead, the Army spent $4 million for computers it did not need. The $12.833 million accomplishment report does not include this $4 million.

    Recommendation: Given that the Army's unsettled CSSCS acquisition strategy could result in the premature procurement of additional CSSCS hardware, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to use existing ATCCS sources of CSSCS equipment to meet CSSCS operational testing equipment requirements.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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