Defense Acquisitions. Production and Fielding of Missile Defense Components Continue with Less Testing and Validation Than Planned
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Missile Defense Agency MDA has spent about 56 billion and will spend about 50 billion more through 2013 to develop a Ballistic Missile Defense System BMDS. GAO was directed to assess the annual progress MDA made in developing the BMDS as well as improvements in accountability and transparency in agency operations, management processes, and the new block strategy. To accomplish this, GAO reviewed contractor cost, schedule, and performance tests completed and the assets fielded during 2008. GAO also reviewed pertinent sections of the U.S. Code, acquisition policy, and the activities of the new Missile Defense Executive Board MDEB. An appendix on the effect the cancellation of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense flight test FTG-04 had on BMDS development is also included. GAO recommends that the MDEB assess how the transparency and accountability of MDA acquisitions can be strengthened without losing the benefits of MDAs existing flexibilities. Meanwhile, MDA should improve its cost and test baselines tie modeling and simulation needs into test objectives provide more time to analyze tests better coordinate with independent testers synchronize development, manufacturing, and fielding with testing and validation complete a key developmental test and strengthen the basis for capability declarations. DOD agreed with 10 of the 11 recommendations and partially agreed with one.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies