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Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Airland, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate. Defense Acquisitions: Issues to be Considered for Army's Modernization of Combat Systems

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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Why GAO Did This Study. Future Combat System FCS has been at the center of the Armys efforts to become a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force by replacing existing combat systems with a family of manned and unmanned vehicles and systems, linked by an advanced information network. To meet the challenges of FCSs scope and schedule, the Army contracted with Boeing to be lead systems integrator LSI, to help define, develop, and integrate FCS systems. Earlier this year, the Secretary of Defense proposed restructuring FCS to lower risk and address more near-term needs, shortly before FCS was to undergo a congressionally-mandated review to determine its future. The Department of Defense DOD and the Army have already begun to make programmatic and budgetary adjustments to FCS. This statement reviews aspects of FCS that should be considered for inclusion in future efforts, aspects that were problematic and need re-examination, and considerations for shaping future Army ground force modernization.

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  • Defense Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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