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Defense Acquisitions: Navy Strategy for Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System Defers Key Oversight Mechanisms

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The Navy estimates that it will need 3.7 billion from fiscal year 2014 through fiscal year 2020 to develop and field an initial UCLASS system. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 mandated that GAO evaluate the UCLASS system acquisition strategy. This report 1 assesses the UCLASS acquisition strategy, 2 identifies key areas of risk facing the system, and 3 notes areas where the Navy s strategy contains good practices. To do this work, GAO reviewed the Navy s acquisition strategy and compared it to DOD s acquisition policy, among other criteria and reviewed Navy acquisition documents and spoke with Navy and Office of the Secretary of Defense officials. Congress should consider directing the Navy to hold a Milestone B review for the UCLASS system after the system level preliminary design review is complete. If the Navy does not comply, Congress should consider limiting the amount of funding available for the UCLASS system until an acquisition program baseline is provided. GAO included these matters for consideration because the Navy does not plan to make changes as a result of GAO s recommendation to hold a Milestone B review following the system level preliminary design review which is currently scheduled in fiscal year 2015. The Navy did not concur with the recommendation, and believes that its approved strategy is compliant with acquisition regulations and laws. GAO continues to believe that its recommendation is valid as discussed in this report.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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