Precision-Guided Munitions: Acquisition Plans for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The Air Force and Navy are developing the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile JASSM to attack, at nearly any time, high-value, well-defended targets while allowing the launch aircraft to stay outside the range of enemy defenses. We reviewed the JASSM acquisition plan under our basic legislative responsibilities because 1 the program has congressional interest, 2 it is a major acquisition program, and 3 we wanted to determine how the Air Force plans to overcome the difficulties in meeting stringent requirements similar to those of the canceled Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile TSSAM. This report, which contains a matter for congressional consideration, is addressed to you because your committees have jurisdiction over this area. This report discusses 1 the Air Forces plan to use a new acquisition process that balances capability and affordability requirements for acquiring JASSM, 2 schedule and cost risks because of the immaturity of essential technology and the complexity of integrating JASSM with multiple aircraft, 3 the Air Forces plan to acquire 35 pilot production missiles early in development that may not be needed, and 4 the need to strengthen the Navys commitment to the program.
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