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Two New GAO Issuances of Interest

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “GAO-22-104154 Defense Industrial Base: DoD Should Take Actions to Strengthen…

Two New GAO Issuances of Interest

Two New GAO Issuances of Interest
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report of interest to the defense acquisition workforce entitled “GAO-22-104154 Defense Industrial Base: DoD Should Take Actions to Strengthen Its Risk Mitigation Approach".

According to the GAO, “More than 200,000 companies provide supplies, parts, and manufacturing for DOD's weapon systems. Risks to this defense industrial base include materials shortages, reliance on foreign suppliers, and more. Various DOD offices and the military services monitor such risks and work to mitigate them. However, DOD doesn't have a robust strategy to mitigate risks or track progress department-wide. Visibility over its department-wide efforts could help DOD determine whether the billions of dollars being spent are paying off. We recommended developing a robust strategy and measuring and reporting on DOD-wide industrial base risk mitigation efforts.

Additionally, the GAO also posted an insightful article on their website today entitled “20 Years of Assessing DOD’s Weapon Programs Shows the Importance of Having the Right Information Before Making Investment Decisions” that I would also commend to you.

According to the GAO, “the Department of Defense invests billions of dollars annually to develop weapon systems, such as stealth jets, satellites, and submarines. For 20 years, we’ve reviewed DOD’s major weapon programs—measuring how effective these efforts are and looking for any efficiencies that could save taxpayer dollars. In our recent assessments, we’ve reported that DOD is increasingly focused on developing weapon systems more quickly to keep pace with evolving threats, including those posed by China and Russia. However, our findings over the last two decades remain fairly consistent: DOD continues to take longer and spends more money than planned to develop its weapon systems. Today’s WatchBlog post looks at our latest assessment and a key theme that impacts DOD’s ability to deliver weapon systems on time. Since our first review of DOD’s major weapon systems in 2003, knowledge has been a key theme that we’ve seen affect weapon system development.”