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DOD Acquisition Outcomes: A Case for Change

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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The Department of Defense DOD is shepherding a portfolio of major weapon systems valued at about 1.3 trillion. How DOD is managing this investment has been a matter of concern for some time. Since 1990, GAO has designated DODs weapon system acquisitions as a high-risk area for fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. DOD has experienced cost overruns, missed deadlines, performance shortfalls, and persistent management problems. In light of the serious budget pressures facing the nation, such problems are especially troubling. GAO has issued hundreds of reports addressing broad-based issues, such as best practices, as well as reports focusing on individual acquisitions. These reports have included many recommendations. Congress asked GAO to testify on possible problems with and improvements to defense acquisition policy. In doing so, we highlight the risks of conducting business as usual and identify some of the solutions we have found in successful acquisition programs and organizations.


Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Defense Systems

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[A, Approved For Public Release]