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GAO was asked to evaluate test results of the Army's Battery Computer System (BCS) to determine whether the test results were valid and to ascertain whether congressional direction has been followed. BCS, designed to reduce mission response time and improve artillery weapon effectiveness, could satisfy a longstanding requirement for battery autonomous operations. In evaluating the BCS test results, laboratory tests being conducted were observed and briefings regarding the test results were attended.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense 1. The Secretary of Defense should delay the third-year production continuation decision to provide sufficient time to evaluate the 1982 test results and allow time for any retesting that may be necessary. There should be no further production approval if the operational tests do not justify producing more units.
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