GAO evaluated the Air Force's and Navy's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program, focusing on: (1) the acquisition process; (2) schedule and cost risks; (3) the Air Force's plan to acquire 35 pilot production missiles; and (4) the Navy's commitment to the program.
Matter for Congressional Consideration
|Because the Air Force's plan to manufacture 35 pilot production missiles early in development increases schedule risk and results in buying developmental missiles that are not needed to support the planned test program, Congress may wish to consider not providing the estimated $25 million for the 35 pilot production missiles.||Congress considered the matter but decided to provide funds for pilot production missiles in fiscal year 1999.|
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should ensure that required autonomous guidance and automatic target recognition technologies are mature before finalizing the JASSM design.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Air Force does not acquire the 35 pilot production missiles early in development without a demonstrated need for additional test missiles.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should ensure that missiles used during planned initial operational test and evaluation are production-representative missiles.|
|Department of Defense||4. The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Navy participates fully in the program so the final JASSM design meets both Air Force and Navy requirements.|