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GAO Assessment of DOD's Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) Technology Program

NSIAD-85-37 Published: May 08, 1985. Publicly Released: May 08, 1985.
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GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) program aimed at developing and demonstrating two generations of advanced data and signal processing technology for defense systems.


Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should not approve the additional $62.2 million planned for VHSIC technology insertion subsidies.
Closed – Not Implemented
In light of DOD nonconcurrence and congressional action to increase, rather than reduce, overall VHSIC program funding for fiscal year (FY) 1986, this particular recommendation should not be pursued. However, a follow-up audit will be conducted in 1988 to determine, among other things, the use of the funding in question.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should complete the development, demonstration, and verification of first generation VHSIC technology.
Closed – Implemented
DOD stated that it has fully verified that first generation VHSIC chips are robust, reliable, and meet all applicable military specifications and standards. The proposed follow-up audit will address whether first generation VHSIC technology has been fully developed, demonstrated, and verified.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should issue the proposed policy directive on when and how system developers should consider the use of VHSIC technology.
Closed – Implemented
DOD proposed a new policy requiring the use of VHSIC in all major systems, both new designs and major upgrades. However, because of negative comments, that policy was not adopted. The planned follow-up audit will address the availability of alternatives to that policy.

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