Defense Acquisitions: Key Decisions to Be Made on Future Combat System
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Future Combat System FCS is central to Army transformation efforts, comprising 14 integrated weapon systems and an advanced information network. In previous work, GAO found that the elements of a sound business case firm requirements, mature technologies, a knowledge-based acquisition strategy, a realistic cost estimate, and sufficient funding were not present. As a result, FCS is considered high risk and in need of special oversight and review. Congress has mandated that the Department of Defense DOD decide in early 2009 whether FCS should continue. GAO is required to review the program annually. In this report, GAO analyzes FCS development, including its requirements definition status of critical technologies, software development, and complementary programs soundness of its acquisition strategy related to design, production and spin-out of capabilities to current forces and reasonableness of costs and sufficiency of funding.