GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System Development Problems and User Equipment Production Readiness
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The satellite-based GPS provides positioning, navigation, and timing data to users worldwide. The Air Force is modernizing the satellite, ground control, and user equipment segments to enhance GPS performance. The Senate and House Armed Services Committee reports accompanying bills for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 included provisions for GAO to review the status of OCX development and DOD s efforts to field M-code signal capability. This report addresses 1 the extent to which DOD is meeting cost, schedule, and performance requirements for OCX 2 the progress DOD is making in delivering M-code capable MGUE by the end of fiscal year 2017 and 3 the challenges DOD faces in synchronizing the development of GPS III, OCX, and MGUE to deploy M-code. To conduct this work, GAO analyzed program documents such as acquisition strategies reviewed oversight reporting assessed constellation reliability metrics and interviewed officials from DOD programs and contractors. GAO recommends that DOD obtain a more robust independent assessment of OCX to identify and resolve root causes, and ensure MGUE design is stable to inform testing and procurement decisions. DOD concurred on OCX but stated that actions taken to date are sufficient. DOD partially concurred on MGUE. GAO believes all recommended actions are necessary to address systemic problems.
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