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DOD Acquisition: Case Study of the Navy DDG-51 Guided Missile Destroyer Program

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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The Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and its Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management asked GAO to examine the capabilities of the program manager and contracting officer in weapon systems acquisition. As part of this study, GAO examined 17 new major weapon system programs in their initial stages of development. These case studies document the history of the programs and are being made available for informational purposes. In October 1979, the DDGX program office later called the DDG-51 was established m the Naval Sea Systems Command and a military program manager was appointed. With 9 years of deputy and program manager acquisition experience, he had worked on the earlier development stages of the ships design. His formal education included degrees m engineering and nuclear physics. The program managers role was to ensure the adequacy of the planning, direction, control, and utilization of program resources and support. A contracting officer, a Navy commander, was also assigned to the program in 1979.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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[A, Approved For Public Release]