Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency Needs to Improve Assessment and Documentation of Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Initiatives [open pdf - 2MB]
When followed, JIDA [Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Agency] processes to identify, validate, and prioritize requirements for counter-IEDs and to develop, demonstrate, and deliver solutions to the battlefield were effective. However, JIDA was unable to finalize conclusions on required assessments of 8 of 95 counter-IED initiatives because not enough data were available to analyze. The following factors contributed to the lack of data:  Joint Staff did not make sure Services and combatant commanders completed timely assessments of the adequacy of JIDA‐furnished equipment following initial delivery to theater for demonstration; and  Army Test and Evaluation Command terminated its in theater team's collection and reporting on the operational capabilities and limitations of counter IED solutions because of in theater force management reductions. As a result, for the 95 initiatives, valued at $1.6 billion, JIDA spent $112.5 million for eight counter IED initiatives without showing evidence that the solutions were proven to help the warfighter in countering IEDs. Additionally, we determined that of the six non statistically selected initiatives we reviewed, JIDA personnel did not follow established policy to:  transfer one initiative to Army, the requesting service; and  obtain a program management agreement between JIDA and the managing Service or DoD Agency for all six initiatives. This occurred because JIDA personnel did not complete and record all required initiative documentation in their centralized database, or make sure the Director, JIDA, provided a waiver from established policy where appropriate. As a result, JIDA spent $446.8 million on the six sampled initiatives without sufficient documentation to justify transferring and assigning program management responsibilities for initiative development to the requesting service.
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General-2016-120; DODIG-2016-120
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