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Defense: Ground Radar and Guided Munitions Programs (2015-02)

The Department of Defense should take steps to minimize the risk of future duplication within its ground radar and guided munitions weapons systems.

Action:

To provide the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) the opportunity to review all ground radar programs for potential duplication and the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) with the opportunity to develop broad analysis of alternative guidance, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should direct the Joint Staff to assign all new ground radar capability requirement documents with a Joint Staff designation of “JROC Interest.”

Progress:

No executive action taken. The Joint Staff did not take any actions to make sure all new ground radar capability requirements documents are assigned a Joint Staff designation of "JROC Interest," as recommended by GAO in December 2014. In August 2018, the Joint Staff updated its requirements-setting guidance to reflect the modifications to the requirements-setting process included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This act provided that the military services are responsible for their respective performance requirements, with certain exceptions, and such performance requirements do not need to be validated by the JROC. As a result, the Joint Staff modified its guidance to clarify that the Joint Staff is to assign capability requirements documents “JROC Interest” where they have joint performance requirements—such as those that are critical or essential to fulfill a capability gap of more than one armed force, agency or entity of the DOD—and the intended level of joint oversight cannot be satisfied by assignment of a lower level. These changes narrowed the Joint Staff’s role in the requirements-setting process and, by extension, its ability to use that process to address potential duplication for ground radar programs that are primarily designed to meet one armed force’s capability gaps.

As a result of narrowing the use of the “JROC Interest” designation, GAO’s recommendation is no longer consistent with congressional modifications or Joint Staff policy related to the requirements-setting process.

GAO has closed this action as not addressed and will no longer track implementation.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

To address potential overlap or duplication in the acquisition of rocket guidance kits, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics should require the Army and Navy to assess whether a single solution and cooperative, preferably competitive, contracting strategy offers the most cost effective way to meet both services’ needs.

Progress:

In October 2016, the Navy awarded a sole source contract to buy rocket guidance kits for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. This approach leveraged DOD’s buying power to obtain lower prices than prior contracts for guided rockets. For example, the cost for each guidance kit decreased from $27,291 in 2014 to $25,632 in 2016. Thus, the approach achieved many of the same goals as GAO’s December 2014 recommendation.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense
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