Defense Acquisitions. Opportunities Exist to Achieve Greater Commonality and Efficiencies among Unmanned Aircraft Systems
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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From 2008 through 2013, the Department of Defense DOD plans to invest over 16 billion to develop and procure additional unmanned aircraft systems. To more effectively leverage its acquisition resources, DOD recognizes that it must achieve greater commonality among the military services unmanned aircraft programs. Doing so, however, requires certain trade-offs and complex budget, cost, and schedule interactions. GAO was asked to assess the progress of selected unmanned aircraft acquisition programs, examine the extent to which the services are collaborating and identifying commonality among those programs, and identify key factors impacting the effectiveness their collaboration. GAO analyzed cost, schedule, and performance data for eight unmanned aircraft systems--accounting for over 80 percent of DODs total planned investment in unmanned aircraft systems from 2008 through 2013--and two payload programs. GAO recommends that DOD 1 direct a comprehensive analysis and develop a strategy to gain commonality among current unmanned aircraft programs and 2 require new programs to demonstrate that opportunities for commonality were adequately assessed. DOD agreed with the recommendations except for the need for a comprehensive analysis. GAO believes this recommendation remains valid.
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