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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's Block II Abrams tank modification program.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense 1. The Secretary of Defense should withhold approval of the obligation of advanced or other procurement funds for the Block II tank program until the Army is able to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of the system, using a current assessment of armor protection and threat capabilities and realistic tactical and tank-crew fighting assumptions in a new cost and operational effectiveness analysis.
Closed - Implemented
The Secretary of Defense decided to approve funding of only 62 tanks for testing and demonstration purposes. The remaining 2864 tanks will not be produced.
Department of Defense 2. The Secretary of Defense should withhold approval of the obligation of advanced or other procurement funds for the Block II tank program until the Army modifies its acquisition strategy to allow time to complete and evaluate live-fire and operational testing and take corrective actions before beginning production of the Block II modifications.
Closed - Implemented
The Secretary of Defense decided to approve funding of only 62 tanks for testing and demonstration purposes. The remaining 2864 tanks will not be produced.

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