Evaluation of Army's Mobile Subscriber Program.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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The Army has embarked on a multibillion dollar acquisition of mobile subscriber equipment to improve communications at corps and division levels. By buying off-the-shelf and keeping production at a steady pace, Army officials expect to save considerable time and money over traditional procurement methods. While the potential benefits are large, the strategy also presents risks, since neither of the proposed systems is purely nondevelopmental and the chosen system will not be subject to test and evaluation before full-scale production. GAO supports the Armys efforts to improve the acquisition cycle, and believes that steps taken have reduced program risks considerably. However, some concerns remain about system readiness for full-scale production. To satisfy the production readiness concerns and still preserve momentum of the Armys innovative approach, the Subcommittee may want to consider a plan that allows production to begin, but at a lower rate until test and evaluation are sucessfully completed. Author
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