Electronic Warfare: Multiple Developments of Costly Threat Simulators.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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Testimony was presented to Congress in Oct 1987 on the DoD program for acquiring threat simulators. These simulators are intended to imitate Soviet air defense weapon systems, including surface-to-air missiles and guns. The testimony focused on 1 the need to prevent the services from paying to develop simulators for a particular threat more that once and 2 the acquisition of simulators which misrepresent threat systems and thus adversely affect testing of major U.S. weapon systems and training of U.S. forces. It is recommended that the Secretary of Defense 1 assure that the EXCOM and Crossbow-S or other appropriate DOD elements execute responsibility and authority for centrally managing simulator programs to provide for timely identification and consolidation of simulator requirements and for disapproval of programs representing unwarranted development 2 require the services to strengthen internal controls over simulator acquisitions by segregating responsibilities for development, testing, and acceptance of simulators as valid representations of the threat and 3 assign to an appropriate DOD element the responsibility for monitoring the quality of simulators acquired and participating in the acquisition process as necessary to assure the adequacy of simulators.
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