GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC
In 2002, the Department of Defense DOD implemented a new acquisition model to develop a Ballistic Missile Defense System BMDS that included all major missile defense acquisitions, some of which were being developed by the military services. The model called for the management and funding responsibility for production, operation, and sustainment of a capability to be transferred to a military service when a BMDS element or major component is technically mature and plans for production are well developed. The Missile Defense Agency MDA was given responsibility for developing the BMDS and recommending the transfer of management and funding responsibilities to the services. In 2004, MDA emplaced an initial missile defense capability, but DOD did not transfer management and funding responsibility for that capability. Because a formal transfer did not occur, GAO was asked to 1 identify DODs criteria for deciding when a missile defense capability should be transferred to a service and 2 determine how DOD is managing the costs of fielding a BMDS capability.