Strategic Missiles:

Logistics Support for Advanced Cruise Missile Based on Outdated Plans

NSIAD-90-178: Published: Sep 13, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1990.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Advanced Cruise Missile Program, to determine whether: (1) the Air Force provided logistics support effectively and in accordance with program plans; and (2) program problems existed that could increase logistics support costs.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force failed to revise logistics plans after major program changes occurred; (2) the Air Force paid $7.2 million for contractor repair services through 1989, even though no operational missiles were repaired; (3) the Air Force's use of outdated data in planning logistics support caused it to purchase spare parts too early, and limited quantities were becoming unusable as the missile design changed; (4) guidance to update program plans did not exist for such functional areas as logistics and facilities construction for either the Advance Cruise Missile or other programs; (5) the Air Force estimated that logistics costs for 1,461 missiles would be $424 million and follow-on costs would total $1.3 billion from 1990 through 2009; and (6) potential reductions in the number of missiles bought would negate the need for some spares purchases, maintenance and repairs, and other support costs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Department of Defense partially concurred with the recommendation. It agreed that Advance Cruise Missile support plans will be modified when program direction is changed by program decisions or the President's budget. It did not agree that a new set of procedures needs to be developed.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should ensure that logistics support is based upon current data by developing procedures for revising logistics plans that include guidance for assessing what changes to the plans should be made and when such changes should occur.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Air Force


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