NOTICE This document has been reproduced from the best copy available. Although it is-recognized that certain portions are illegible, It is being released in the interest of making available as much information as possible. DOCUMENT RESUME . - - 04000 - (a30543171 (Restricted Eallistic fissile [Status ot tha' Minuteman III Intercontine.itl Proqram1. B-115398. October 27, 1977. 3 p.- 1. Keller,'acting Letter to Rep. Jchn J. LaPalce; by ictert - -- - Comptroller General. and Services 41900). Issue Area: Federal Prccuremenft 'f Goods Studies and Coansel: Special Contact: Ctfice of the General analysis. (057 . Budqert Function: National Defense: Veapon Systems ci he - ox Eqferse; Depart3e6t Orqanization Concerned: Department Air Force. - Conqrsssional relevance: Rep. John J. Lafalce. , Authcrity: Impoundment Centrol Act of 1974, title-i'(P.L. 93-344) .7-, COASPrRO.LLER GW74RAL OF' TM UHMTE WrATM 0 2 7W? ~~~~~~~~OCT 0 X-115398 The Bonoretle John J. Lafalce D to house of F presentatives - Dear 4r. LeFalce: This is in reply to your letter of Cctober 12. 1977, and subsequent discussions with Pir. George Randels of your staff regardinq your reouest that we provide you with a report on the stat..s of the iinuteman III Intercontinental rallistic Hissile (ICMN) program. As you know. in his 17th srecial messaee for fiscal year 1977 dated July 26, 1977 (submitted to the Congress pursuant to the Innoundment Control Act of 1974. title X of Pub. L. :o. !s3-344. July 12. 1974). the President Droposed the rescission of 5105 million of budqet authority that had been aecrcD;izted to the Be-artment of Lefense for missile Procurement of the Air Force. Rescission Kessaae No. P77-20. These funds were deernea excess to the needs of the Devartmzent of Lefense as a gesult of the PreLident's decision to limit vroduction of the ininuteman III ICa:4 to 1G missiles instead of 60. This deciaion was implenented on July 11. 1977. when the Govern- - nment itsued termination notices for parts of the linuteman III procurement contracts reducing the number of missiles to be built from 60 to 10. The Ccncress did not act favorably on the rescission reouest within the 45-day period proviced by the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 and. consecuently, th~e SJC5 million was required to be Iade available for o-lication on October 16, 1977, the 46th day of continuous conoressional ression after July 26. l977. we have confirred that the Office of hsanaement and Buaget and the Department of Ieiense have reoe SM5 million available for obligation. On October 18, 1977. we met with the Air Force Prooran Llement i-.onitor for the M.irateman Souadrons concernino the currer.t status of the Minuteman III ICBZi proqram. There-follows a summary of our findings. Cn Gctober 12. 1977. the Department of the Air Force. in anticivation of the rejection of the Presicent s rescission proposal, recuested the Space and Ijissile Systems Crcanization (SAmSCO) to submit its Procurement -len for the linuteman III wissiles in liqht of the Conqress not acting. favorably on the -11 S398 proposed rescission of S105 million. S.nSO submitted its clan to the Oeputy Cnlef of Staff for Research and Development on October 14, 1977. After review of the SAIISO proposal, the Air Staff sub'itted its recommendations for the program to the Air Force Secretariat on Cctober 17, 1977. The Air Staff recommended reconstituting the linute"man III production'line to build as rar.v ccc~leted tNinuteran III boosters eas possible within the 410t million. khereas, originally, 60 boosters were to have been built. we were told that the S105 million would now only ce suificient to procure 20-25 boosteral that to build the reiaininq 25-30 missiles would recuire an adoitional $60 million. Air Fcrce officials estimate that, oi.ec authority is aiven to vroceed with further Hinuteman III production, it will take about 6 ,nonths to dcilnitize the contractual docu- nents associatoz with the program. In the meantime, work would cosrrence on the basis of supplemental agreements to the existins termination noticec. In this connection, we were tolo that tne bulk of the bit.5 million will be obliqated at the ti'e these supplemental agreements are entered into- in approximately 4-3 weeks. we were told that delivery of the Hinuteman III missiles -could beain- in 7 to 10 months after apptoval is given to restart produdctiorn 4 missiles the first month. and 5 mis- siles ner month thereafter. The Air Force reports that if all 60 missiles were rrocurec, proaram slippage would be about 9-12 months. This delay would be due to the Air Force's naving curtailed the program and having to restart the activi- ties. Specifically, delivery of the 60 missiles was oriai- nally schenuled for completion by Cctober 1l 1978. Under the present circumstances, all 6C missiles would not be delivered before June-September 1979. In the event additional funds are not -rovidaed .or all 60 missiles, we were told that program slipcage will be less-about 2-5 months for the more limited procurement oi the 20 to 25 eissiles that the $105 million can tuna. In this case. delivery is expected to be completed between Uovember 1976 ana February 1979. -2- 1-115398 Finally, we were told that any strikes or work slowdowns in the aerospace industry, if they occur, can be expected to affect directly the cost and delivery estimates discussed above. We hope the foregoing will be of help to you. Sincere!7 yours. R.7.KEN~ ciUng Comptroller General of the United States 3-
Status of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-10-27.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)