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Paul Francis

Acquisition Screw-Ups Like Ford Carriers ‘Predictable;’ Congress Isn’t Fixing Them, Says GAO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Sen. John McCain says the $4.7 billion overrun on the Navy’s new Ford-class aircraft carriers is “unacceptable.” That’s understandable. But Congress’s own investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office, told McCain today it’s also “predictable.” Given our broken acquisition system, huge cost and schedule overruns on new designs are the norm, GAO said, adding… Keep reading →

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LCS Kerfuffle: Navy, GAO May Be In ‘Violent Agreement’ After All

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Bark, it turns out, does not necessarily correlate with bite. The Government Accountability Office is infamous for its often scathing reviews of Pentagon programs, and its latest report on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship — one of GAO’s favorite targets — says Congress should “pause” LCS procurement until key systems are more adequately tested. But,… Keep reading →

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