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New GAO Report on System Sustainment and Readiness

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new product support and sustainment related report entitled “GAO-23-105578 Missile Defense: DOD Needs to Improve Oversight of System…

New GAO Report on System Sustainment and Readiness

New GAO Report on System Sustainment and Readiness
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new product support and sustainment related report entitled “GAO-23-105578 Missile Defense: DOD Needs to Improve Oversight of System Sustainment and Readiness”.

According to GAO auditors, “DOD's Missile Defense Agency develops systems to detect attacks and track, intercept, and destroy missiles in flight. MDA shares responsibility for operating and maintaining these systems with the military services. This shared sustainment responsibility can be difficult when MDA and the services have different priorities for different parts of the system. DOD doesn't have a specific entity that oversees sustainment decisions for the whole system.“

Additionally, “there is no approach for prioritizing and making department-wide sustainment decisions. For example, while MDA and the Army recognized corrosion as a challenge, the Army had not constructed permanent facilities for the element to prevent corrosion due to the prioritization of other projects and resource constraints. Absent comprehensive guidance, including a responsible oversight entity and a process for prioritizing and addressing sustainment challenges, DOD lacks reasonable assurance that it can sustain MDS elements and infrastructure to address missile defense threats...The military services and MDA report missile defense readiness data differently, making it more difficult to assess if the systems meet the military's needs. Our recommendations address these issues.”