Accession Number:

ADA517824

Title:

Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2010-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

183.0

Abstract:

This is GAOs eighth annual assessment of selected Department of Defense DOD weapon programs. The report examines how well DOD is planning and executing its weapon acquisition programs, an area that has been on GAOs high-risk list since 1990. This years report is in response to the mandate in the joint explanatory statement to the DOD Appropriations Act, 2009. The report includes 1 observations on DODs efforts to manage its portfolio of major defense acquisition programs 2 an assessment of the knowledge attained by key junctures in the acquisition process for a subset of 42 weapon programs from the 2009 portfolio 3 data on other factors that can affect program execution and 4 examples of how DOD is implementing recent acquisition reforms. To conduct the assessment, GAO analyzed data on the composition of DODs portfolio of major defense acquisition programs. GAO did not analyze the cost and schedule performance of the portfolio because DOD did not issue timely or complete Selected Acquisition Reports for the second consecutive presidential transition. GAO expects to resume its portfolio analysis in next years assessment. GAO also collected data from program offices on technology, design, and manufacturing knowledge, as well as on other factors that can affect program execution. GAO analyzed this data and compiled one- or two-page assessments of 70 weapon programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE