Acquisition Reform: DOD Should Streamline Its Decision-Making Process for Weapon Systems to Reduce Inefficiencies
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Why GAO Did This Study. DOD has long sought to improve the efficiency of its weapon system acquisition process, including the time and effort needed to complete the milestone decision process. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 mandated GAO to review DOD s weapon system acquisition process. This report examines 1 the effort and value involved in the preparation for a milestone decision 2 factors that influence the time needed to complete the milestone decision process and 3 alternative processes used by some DOD programs and leading commercial firms. To perform this work, GAO examined the levels of review and information requirements that are part of DOD s process. GAO surveyed 24 program managers and 40 other DOD officials on the value and the time to complete milestone documentation. For 15 program offices, we gathered data on the time to complete the entire milestone decision process. GAO discussed with DOD officials the factors that lead to inefficiencies. GAO also examined practices used by some classified DOD programs and five commercial firms generally recognized as leaders in product development. What GAO Recommends. GAO recommends that DOD identify and potentially eliminate reviews and information requirements that are no longer needed and select programs to pilot more streamlined approaches to provide only the most essential information to decision makers. DOD concurred with both recommendations.
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