Articles written by: Government Accountability Office

Missile Defense: Opportunity to Refocus on Strengthening Acquisition Management

Missile Defense: Opportunity to Refocus on Strengthening Acquisition Management

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made some recent progress gaining important knowledge for its Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) by successfully conducting several important tests. In addition, the agency made substantial improvements to the clarity […]


Report: DoD Faces Challenges in Acquisition Reform

Report: DoD Faces Challenges in Acquisition Reform

The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to implement fundamental Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (Reform Act) provisions, including those for approving acquisition strategies and better monitoring weapon acquisition programs. DOD is also continuing to take additional […]


Fighter Aircraft: Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s

Fighter Aircraft: Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s

The Air Force plans to upgrade and extend the service life of 300 F-16 aircraft and the Navy 150 F/A-18 aircraft, at a combined cost estimated at almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013 dollars. The Air Force plans to […]


Cancellation of the Army’s Autonomous Navigation System

Cancellation of the Army’s Autonomous Navigation System

The Army intended the Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) to enable ground robotic vehicles to partially drive and navigate themselves and to do so in remote areas with difficult terrain, by integrating sensors, processors, and software. Initially, the Army was developing […]


Counter-IEDs: Multiple DOD Organizations are Developing Numerous Initiatives

Counter-IEDs: Multiple DOD Organizations are Developing Numerous Initiatives

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are the enemy’s weapon of choice (e.g., 16,500 IEDs were detonated or discovered being used against U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2011) and, according to the Department of Defense (DOD) will probably be a mainstay in […]


GAO: US Faces Counter-IED Challenges in Af/Pak

Testimony by Charles Michael Johnson, Jr., director, international affairs and trade, before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, House Committee on Homeland Security, July 12, 2012 We identified four categories of assistance U.S. agencies have provided: (1) […]


Tactical Aircraft: Comparison of F-22A and Legacy Fighter Modernization Programs

Tactical Aircraft: Comparison of F-22A and Legacy Fighter Modernization Programs

The F-22A and legacy modernization programs GAO reviewed were rooted in different development strategies. The F-22A began as a single-step program and did not anticipate the need for future modernization, while the legacy programs each began with the expectation that […]


GAO Finds Pentagon Still Can’t Keep Track Of Its Contractors

GAO Finds Pentagon Still Can’t Keep Track Of Its Contractors

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released the second of three annual reviews of Department of Defense (DoD) service contract inventories. As you know, POGO has repeatedly called for the government to improve the quality of these annual inventories, which […]


Defense Acquisitions: Assessment of Selected Weapon Programs

Defense Acquisitions: Assessment of Selected Weapon Programs

The total estimated cost of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) 2011 portfolio of 96 major defense acquisition programs stands at $1.58 trillion. In the past year, the total acquisition cost of these programs has grown by over $74.4 billion or […]


 
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