Tactical Aircraft. DOD Needs a Joint and Integrated Investment Strategy
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DOD plans to invest 109 billion in its tactical air forces between 2007 and 2013. Long term, DOD plans to replace aging legacy aircraft with fewer, more expensive but more capable and stealthy aircraft. Recapitalizing and modernizing tactical air forces within todays constrained budget environment is a formidable challenge. DOD has already incurred substantial cost and schedule overruns in its acquisition of new systems, and further delays could require billions of dollars in additional investments to keep legacy aircraft capable and sustainable. Because of the large investments and risk, GAO was asked to review investment planning for tactical aircraft. This report describes the current status of DODs new tactical aircraft acquisition programs identifies current impacts on legacy aircraft modernization programs and retirement schedules and assesses DODs overall investment plan for tactical aircraft. To achieve better outcomes in acquisition programs and investment planning, GAO recommends that DOD 1 take decisive actions to shorten cycle times in developing and delivering new weapon systems and 2 develop an integrated and affordable enterprise-level investment strategy for tactical air forces.
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