Defense Management. Key Challenges Should be Addressed When Considering Changes to Missile Defense Agency's Roles and Missions
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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To more quickly field ballistic missile defenses, the Missile Defense Agency MDA has been exempted from traditional Department of Defense DOD requirements development, acquisition, and oversight processes since its creation in 2002. Instead, MDA has unique roles and missions to develop and field weapon systems that address a variety of ballistic missile threats. To date, MDA has spent about 56 billion and plans to spend about 50 billion more through 2013 to develop an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System. The system consists of a layered network of capabilities that includes defensive components such as sensors, radars, interceptors, and command and control. In reviews of DODs approach to acquire, operate, and maintain ballistic missile defense systems, GAO has previously reported on several challenges that have stemmed from the broad flexibilities provided to MDA. This testimony summarizes the challenges facing DOD in acquiring and operating its ballistic missile defense systems and describes DODs efforts to improve transparency and accountability. This statement is based primarily on previously issued GAO reports and testimonies. GAO also reviewed documents and interviewed key officials to update past work and identify DOD and MDA efforts to address previous recommendations.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies