GAO summarized its review of early testing of major antisubmarine warfare (ASW) weapons, specifically the: (1) adequacy of Navy test resources to represent Soviet submarine capabilities and the ocean environment in which they operate; and (2) effectiveness in identifying and acquiring test resources during the development, test, and evaluation phases.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to designate a sponsor for major antisubmarine warfare test resources such as targets, ranges, and generic simulation capabilities.|
|Department of the Navy||2. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the designated sponsor to ensure that Test and Evaluation Master Plans (TEMP) contain analyses of the effects that test resource limitations have on the usefulness and validity of test results.|
|Department of the Navy||3. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the designated sponsor to consolidate and prioritize test resource limitations to determine those having the greatest need for funding.|
|Department of the Navy||4. The Secretary of the Navy should direct the designated sponsor to ensure that all acquisition milestone presentations give sufficient consideration to test resource needs and the extent to which development, test, and evaluation performance requirements may not be fully demonstrated due to limitations in test resources.|