United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States
In 1997, the Department of Defense DOD initiated the Joint Tactical Radio System JTRS program, a key element of its effort to transform military operations to be network centric. Using emerging software-defined radio technology, the JTRS program plans to develop and procure hundreds of thousands of radios that give warfighters the capability to access maps and other visual data, communicate via voice and video, and obtain information directly from battlefield sensors. The JTRS program has encountered a number of problems, resulting in significant delays and cost increases. The program is currently estimated to total about 37 billion. Given the criticality of JTRS to DODs force transformation, Congress directed GAO to continue its ongoing review of the JTRS program. This report 1 assesses whether a recent restructuring puts the program in a better position to succeed and 2 identifies any risks that challenge the successful fielding of JTRS.