ABSTRACT

Weapon Systems Annual Assessment: Knowledge Gaps Pose Risks to Sustaining Recent Positive Trends, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 20MB]

"This special report, GAO's 16th annual assessment of the Department of Defense's (DOD) $1.66 trillion portfolio of 86 major weapon systems acquisition programs, examines changes in the portfolio since 2016,including DOD's progress implementing acquisition reforms. Drawing from questionnaire data, this report also offers a quick look at the cost,schedule, and performance of 57 individual weapon programs.Since DOD began to implement acquisition reforms 8 years ago, new defense weapon systems programs have done a better job staying within budget estimates than their predecessors. However, most programs continue to proceed without the key knowledge essential to good acquisition outcomes. As the figure shows, DOD's major acquisition programs proceed through three phases--technology development, system development, and production--that align with three key points for demonstrating knowledge."

Report Number:
GAO-18-360SP
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Date:
2018-04-25
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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