In 1991, the Air Force began developing the F/A-22 aircraft with advanced features to make it less detectable to adversaries and capable of high speeds for long distances. After a history of program cost increases, Congress limited the cost of F/A-22 production to $37.5 billion in 1997. Congress has remained interested in the potential cost of production. As requested, we (1) identified the latest production cost estimate and assessed the planned offsets from cost reduction plans, (2) identified areas where additional cost growth is likely to occur, and (3) determined the extent that DOD has informed Congress about production costs.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Air Force||1. For the Air Force to achieve planned offsets to estimated cost growth, the Secretary of the Air Force should make the funding of PIPs at the planned level a priority.|
|Department of Defense||2. To ensure proper congressional oversight of the F/A-22 program, the Secretary of Defense should provide Congress with documenation showing that funding for PIPs is being invested at the planned level each fiscal year, and if not, explaining the reasons why and the potential consequences of not fully investing and potentially not offsetting cost growth as planned.|
|Department of Defense||3. To ensure proper congressional oversight of the F/A-22 program, the Secretary of Defense should provide Congress with documentation reflecting the potential cost of F/A-22 production if cost reduction plans do not offset cost growth as planned.|
|Department of Defense||4. To ensure proper congressional oversight of the F/A-22 program, the Secretary of Defense should provide Congress with documentation reflecting the quantity of aircraft DOD believes can be procured with the existing production cost limit.|