Defense Acquisitions. Key Considerations for Planning Future Army Combat Systems
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Future Combat System FCS program--which comprises 14 integrated weapon systems and an advanced information network--is the centerpiece of the Armys effort to transition to a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force. The substantial technical challenges, the cost of the program, and the Armys acquisition strategy are among the reasons why the program is recognized as needing special oversight and review. This testimony is based on GAOs March 12, 2009 report and addresses knowledge gaps that will persist in the FCS program as Congress is asked to make significant funding commitments for development and production over the next several years. In its March 2009 report, GAO suggested Congress consider not approving full funds for the program until several conditions are met, such as preparation of a complete budget for any program emerging from the milestone review. GAO also recommends the Secretary of Defense, among other things, ensure the program that emerges conforms to current defense acquisition policy, such as technology maturity any spin out approach is based on fully tested results and any incremental strategy involves free standing, justifiable increments.
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