Logistics Support Analysis:

Progress Has Been Made but More Emphasis Is Needed

PLRD-83-10: Published: Nov 10, 1982. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1982.

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GAO reviewed Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to improve implementation of the Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) process used in acquiring military weapon systems.

DOD and the services have placed increased emphasis on implementing the LSA process and have instituted a number of actions to improve the use of the concept. However, GAO identified a number of areas where further improvements to current implementation efforts could be made. Actions to correct problems, such as eliminating duplicate data requirements in contracts and establishing data reporting systems, have progressed slowly. The services have been slow in developing data reporting systems that will provide weapon system developers with the information necessary to do LSA during the early phases of system acquisition. The ineffective and inconsistent use of the LSA process can often be attributed to the lack of qualified personnel who are trained to develop and administer LSA programs. The development and presentation of LSA training courses have been delayed and limited. Technical support groups formed to help program offices apply LSA have been generally understaffed, and LSA funding continues to be a low priority. GAO concluded that, because of insufficient management attention in these areas, opportunities to reduce support costs are being missed.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the service secretaries to closely monitor service efforts to improve the LSA process and to provide periodic reports on progress achieved and problems encountered. Specific areas needing attention include duplicate data requirements in contracts, data reporting systems, training, technical support groups, and funding.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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