Summary of Reports Issued and Participation on Management Advisory Teams and Special Audit/Evaluation Efforts. April, May, and June 2001
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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The objective was to evaluate the overall management of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System. Specifically, the audit determined whether the Air Force is cost-effectively readying the system for the production phase of the acquisition process. This report addresses testing and evaluation and contracting. The Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System operational tests, as planned, would not provide the objective test results necessary to support the full-rate production decision in April 2002. As a result, the Air Force may spend about 6 million for operational testing without adequately determining whether the system will be operationally effective, suitable, and will provide the warfighter with a first look, first shot advantage within visual range in the air to-air combat arena. In addition, the acquisition approach of the joint program needed improvement to recognize the risks associated with the rebaseline and the contracting structure of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System program, and to explore component breakout opportunities for full-rate production. As a result, the evaluation, identification, and management of contractor performance is at risk, and the joint program office would miss the opportunity to put approximately 17 million of funds to better use through purchasing five components directly from manufacturers and eliminating the non-value-added overhead of 25 percent from intermediate tiers of contractors.
- Administration and Management
- Economics and Cost Analysis