Army Modernization:

The Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program Needs More Specific Guidance

NSIAD-99-11: Published: Nov 3, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 1998.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's implementation of the Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program (WRAP), focusing on the current status of the program.

GAO noted that: (1) the Army's criteria for selecting WRAP candidates are open-ended and allow room for different interpretations; (2) as a result, although the Army initially justified WRAP funding on the basis of the need to urgently field technologies associated with the first digitized division, not all WRAP initiatives support the first digitized division; (3) furthermore, some initiatives do not meet all the Army's criteria for WRAP funding; (4) the Army is reducing the testing of new technologies through large-scale warfighting experiments; (5) as a result, the Army may need to change the criteria used to evaluate and rate WRAP candidates; (6) this may affect the quality of future candidates; (7) to date, the Army has not been able to finalize its selection of WRAP candidates early enough to ensure timely approval by Congress; (8) as a result, the final approval of funds and the subsequent start-up of initiatives have been delayed; (9) delays also occurred because the Army did not obtain the timely release of WRAP funds from the Department of Defense (DOD) and because DOD reduced funding for WRAP; (10) in spite of these delays, GAO believes that WRAP funds may still help speed the fielding of some new technologies, though not as much as originally estimated; (11) after initial congressional approval of the first 11 WRAP initiatives, the Army made substantial changes to some of them; (12) these changes affected program implementation; and (13) Congress was not informed of the changes because current reporting requirements do not require the Army to report such changes.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: In its report on the Fiscal Year 2002, National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee provided guidance clarifying its expectations for rapid acquisition programs.

    Matter: Given Congress' 2 years of experience in reviewing Army requests for WRAP funding of specific technologies and the disagreement within the Army about which technologies are most appropriate for WRAP funding, this may be an appropriate time for Congress to clarify its expectations of the program and to ensure that these expectations are embodied in more precise selection criteria for WRAP candidates.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: In the 2000-2001 timeframe, the Army terminated the Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program (WRAP). Hence, GAO's recommendation calling for changes to WRAP guidance is no longer pertinent and is being closed.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to issue WRAP guidance that calls for specific deadlines for candidate identification and selection to ensure timely submission of candidates to Congress and timely obligation of funds.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Candidates for WRAP funding must receive a rating of 1 or 2 (relatively low risk) by the Army's Operational Test and Evaluation Command before being considered by the Army for approval.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to issue WRAP guidance that calls for minimum testing and experimentation requirements for WRAP candidates.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: In the 2000-2001 timeframe, the Army terminated the Warfighting Rapid Acquisition Program (WRAP). Hence, GAO's recommendation calling for changes to WRAP guidance is no longer pertinent and is being closed.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army to issue WRAP guidance that calls for periodic reports to Congress on the status of ongoing WRAP initiatives.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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