Recommended Reductions to Fiscal Year 1983 Ammunition Procurement and Modernization Programs

PLRD-82-92: Published: Aug 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1982.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the military services' requests for funds to purchase conventional ammunition and to modernize ammunition production facilities.

GAO primarily reviewed the justifications for items involving large dollar amounts, those being bought for the first time, and those with production or performance problems. Most of the items reviewed were adequately justified; however, GAO concluded that the request for ammunition should be reduced by $625.1 million, or about 16 percent. These reductions were mostly for newer munitions still in the developmental stage, such as laser-guided projectiles, antiarmor cluster munitions, and area denial artillery munitions. GAO stated that sizable backlogs have accumulated for some of these items because of production and performance problems.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's ammunition appropriation request by $74.1 million for the four items detailed in appendix IV of this report.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's fiscal year 1983 ammunition appropriation request by $24 million for the seven items detailed in appendix II of this report.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should reduce the Army's request by $464.3 million dollars as detailed in appendix I of this report.

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should consider funding more tactical rounds, instead of the 155-mm. training round, because the training round's cost approximates that of the tactical round.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' fiscal year 1983 ammunition appropriation request by $62.7 million for six items shown in appendix III of this report.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should closely consider the current and future impact of providing full funding for the 155-mm. improved conventional munitions on the ammunition production base.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should delete the $10.7 million request for the antiarmor cluster munition facility.

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we determine what steps the Congress has taken, we will provide updated information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should defer the $4.8 million request for the automated grenade loading facilities until prototype equipment is fully developed and tested.

 

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