Operation Desert Storm: Project Overall Performance Is Not Supported.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The General Accounting Office is pleased to be here today to share its observations on the Project Managers assessment of the Patriot missile systems performance during Operation Desert Storm. The statement will focus on 1 the Armys efforts to deploy an effective missile defense against Iraqi Scud missiles and 2 the Patriot Project Managers analysis of the Patriots performance. GAOs review indicated in general that the Army and supporting contractors overcame significant obstacles to provide tactical missile defense in Saudi Arabia and Israel but that the Project Managers assessment that Patriot was successful against 70 percent of the Iraqi Scuds was not supported. The quality of the performance data is now being reassessed. GAOs observations are based on a February 1992 briefing by the Patriot Project Manager and an examination of two reports cited as the basis for the assessment. In the course of its work GAO interviewed officials in the Patriot Project Office, the Office of the Armys Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, the Army Training and Doctrine Commands System Manager for High-Medium Air Defense, and the Armys Ballistic Research Laboratory. Examination of the two reports included comparing them to the Armys briefing and tracing the statements in the reports to supporting records. Because the Army is continuing to gather data, GAO has not independently examined Patriots performance. GAO discussed its observations with Project Office officials and have included their views as appropriate. KAR p. 2
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles
- Administration and Management