GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) fiscal year 1996 budget request, focusing on the Army's plan to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Joint Surveillance Target and Attack Radar System's Light Ground Station Module (LGSM). GAO noted that: (1) LGSM has not met all DOD exit criteria for LRIP; (2) it is questionable whether LGSM has actually met the criteria that DOD officials have reported; and (3) LGSM test results have raised serious questions about the maturity of LGSM and the appropriateness of entering LRIP at this time.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should instruct the Army to postpone the LGSM LRIP contract award until DOD has had an opportunity to further review the LGSM test results and has assurance that LGSM has demonstrated the ability to meet all exit criteria established by DOD for proceeding to LRIP.|