Defense Acquisitions. Charting a Course for Lasting Reform
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Since 1990, GAO has designated the Department of Defenses DOD management of its major weapon acquisitions as a high-risk area however DODs problems delivering weapon systems on time, at the estimated cost, in the planned amounts, and with the promised performance go back decades. Congress and DOD have continually explored ways to improve acquisition outcomes, yet problems persist. The committee asked GAO to testify on measures needed to reform the acquisition of major weapon systems and related legislative proposals. Specifically, this statement will describe the poor outcomes on weapon system investments that make reform imperative attributes of the requirements, funding, and acquisition processes that will need to change for reform to be effective and positive steps that Congress and DOD have taken to improve weapon program outcomes. The statement will also examine other factors that should be considered as the committee moves forward with its reform efforts.
- Defense Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies