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Defense: Weapon System Portfolio Management (2016-03)

By using portfolio management more effectively, the Department of Defense could help ensure that the more than $100 billion it spends annually on weapon system acquisitions contributes to its strategic goals and could reduce the potential for overlapping and unnecessarily duplicative investments.

Action:

The Department of Defense (DOD) should designate the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or some appropriate delegate, responsibility for providing sustained leadership for portfolio management efforts and implementing DOD Directive 7045.20 on Capability Portfolio Management.

Progress:

GAO is no longer assessing this action separately as it was consolidated under Action 4 in the 2011 Area 38 Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs Action Tracker area.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

The Department of Defense (DOD) should revise DOD Directive 7045.20 on Capability Portfolio Management in accordance with the best practices GAO has identified.

Progress:

GAO is no longer assessing this action separately as it was consolidated under Action 5 in the 2011 Area 38 Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs Action Tracker area.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

The Department of Defense (DOD) should require annual enterprise-level portfolio reviews that incorporate key portfolio review elements, including information from the requirements, acquisition, and budget processes.

Progress:

GAO is no longer assessing this action separately as it was consolidated under Action 6 in the 2011 Area 38 Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs Action Tracker area.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

The Department of Defense (DOD) should direct the requirements, acquisition, and budget communities to collaborate on their portfolio management data needs and develop a formal implementation plan for meeting those needs either by building on the database the Joint Staff is developing or investing in new analytical tools.

Progress:

GAO is no longer assessing this action separately as it was consolidated under Action 7 in the 2011 Area 38 Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs Action Tracker area.

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense
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