Defense Acquisitions. Missile Defense Needs a Better Balance between Flexibility and Accountability
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Over the next 5 years the Missile Defense Agency MDA expects to invest 49 billion in the BMD systems development and fielding. MDAs strategy is to field new capabilities in 2-year blocks. In January 2006, MDA initiated its second block Block 2006 to protect against attacks from North Korea and the Middle East. Congress requires GAO to assess MDAs progress annually. GAOs March 2007 report addressed MDAs progress during fiscal year 2006 and followed up on program oversight issues and the current status of MDAs quality assurance program. GAO assessed the progress of each element being developed by MDA, examined acquisition laws applicable to major acquisition programs, and reviewed the impact of implemented quality initiatives. GAO continues to encourage DOD to act on prior recommendations to implement a knowledge-based acquisition strategy for all BMDS elements and to adopt more transparent criteria for reporting each elements quantities, cost, and performance. In March 2007, GAO recommended that DOD adopt firm baselines, use procurement funds for operational assets, and adopt other measures to better track cost and outcomes against goals. DOD did not agree to an element-based reporting approach, but is investigating other ways to provide more program transparency.
- Administration and Management
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Forces and Organizations