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GAO: DoD Works to Prevent Weapon Assessment Cost, Schedule Problems

technology testThe Defense Department‘s weapon assessment organization has largely been able to resolve conflicts with military services over operational capability demonstration over the past five years, a Government Accountability Office report says.

GAO said it found that less than 10 percent of the 454 defense acquisition efforts overseen by the DoD office of the director of operational test and evaluation from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2014 involved some misunderstanding between DOT&E and program officials.

The report noted significant disputes during testing phase were caused by differences over testing requirements, equipment and reports.

“Many of the disputes GAO reviewed were, or are expected to be, resolved in DOT&E’s favor with limited cost and schedule impacts to the programs,” the agency stated.

Military service officials interviewed by GAO said that in some instances, conflict resolution helped them to better manage system requirements.

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