Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Navy's rationale for procuring spare MK-6 guidance systems for the Trident II submarine's D-5 missile, focusing on the: (1) Navy's total program inventory objective; and (2) effect of reducing the inventory on the missile's overall reliability.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should consider whether some slight reductions in the operational readiness and reliability goals established in the 1986-1987 time frame during the Cold War era are acceptable, in view of the threats that exist in the world today since the breakup of the Soviet Union.|
|Department of Defense||2. If these reductions are acceptable, the Secretary of Defense should reduce the number of additional MK-6 guidance systems to be procured.|