Defense Acquisitions: Senior Leaders Should Emphasize Key Practices to Improve Weapon System Reliability, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 5MB]
From the Highlights: "DOD invests tens of billions of dollars each year in major defense acquisition programs, designing and developing technologically advanced weapon systems that warfighters expect will meet specific performance requirements, including reliability requirements. Systems that are not reliable make it more difficult for warfighters to perform their missions. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to examine DOD weapon system reliability. This report addresses (1) how selected companies in the commercial sector address reliability, (2) how selected DOD acquisition programs addressed reliability, and (3) the extent to which DOD leadership has highlighted key reliability practices."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/