Status of JSTARS and Alternatives to Meet the Alliance Ground Surveillance Requirement

NSIAD-98-233R: Published: Aug 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1998.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) decision to reject the U.S. proposal to utilize the Joint Surveillance Target Radar System (JSTARS) to fulfill NATO's alliance ground surveillance requirement, focusing on: (1) identifying alternative proposals for meeting this requirement; and (2) providing an analysis of the cost-sharing arrangement for the development and/or purchase of such a system.

GAO noted that: (1) NATO did not accept the U.S. proposal to utilize JSTARS to meet its ground surveillance requirement due to economic considerations and competing interests among several European allies; (2) subsequently, the United States rescinded the specific funding and cost share offer; (3) NATO has no specific proposals under consideration, but is studying several options for an alliance ground surveillance system, including the use of an enhanced version of the JSTARS sensor system; and (4) because there are no specific proposals, cost-sharing arrangements have not been negotiated.

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