The Navy Can Reduce Its Stated Requirements for F/A-18 Weapons Tactics Trainers

NSIAD-84-84: Published: Apr 11, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1984.

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GAO reviewed the Navy's requirements for the F/A-18 weapon tactics trainers (WTT's).

GAO interviewed program officials at several training sites to determine how requirements for WTT's were established and the extent to which the Navy has supported and documented them. GAO believes that Navy planning documents show that WTT requirements at the sites are not adequately justified. GAO found that the Navy's projected demand for the trainer does not reflect changes that would reduce WTT requirements or reduce planned costs by an estimated $110 million. GAO also found that the demand for the use of WTT's will be less than currently projected and concluded that additional units are unnecessary. GAO suggested management initiatives that could accommodate peaks in WTT use.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: An April 17, 1985, ARTS report shows that the Navy has altered the WTT program to slip the purchase of two additional WTT's to fiscal years 1987 and 1988 rather than delete them from the program as recommended.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should reexamine the need for more than two each WTT's at Lemoore and Cecil Fields.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: While the Department of Defense agreed to determine if GAO suggested management initiatives were cost effective in the fiscal year 1987 budget cycle, they stated that management initiatives were not viable planning factors.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should determine whether the suggested management initiatives to control peak demand would be more cost effective than procuring additional WTT's.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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