Defense Acquisitions: Joint Action Needed by DOD and Congress to Improve Outcomes
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DODs acquisition of major weapon systems has been on GAOs high risk list since 1990. Over the years, Congress and DOD have continually explored ways to improve acquisition outcomes, including reforms that have championed sound management practices, such as realistic cost estimating, prototyping, and systems engineering. Too often, GAO reports on the same kinds of problems today that it did over 20 years ago. This testimony discusses 1 the performance of the current acquisition system 2 the role of a sound business case in getting better acquisition outcomes 3 systemic reasons for persistent problems and 4 thoughts on actions DOD and Congress can take to get better outcomes from the acquisition process. This statement draws from GAOs extensive body of work on DODs acquisition of weapon systems and the numerous recommendations GAO has made on both individual weapons and systemic improvements to the acquisition process.
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