L’nitd States (kneral Acwulkting Office GAO Briefing Report. to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Defense, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives February 1990 BATTLEFIELD AUTOMATION Army Tactical Command and Control System’s Cost and Schedule United States GAO General Accounting Office Washington, D.C. 20648 National Security and International Affairs Division B-228648 February 8,199O The Honorable John P. Murtha Chairman, Subcommittee on Defense Committee on Appropriations House of Representatives Dear Mr. Chairman: As requested, we evaluated the Army’s efforts to implement the Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) program. Our objective was to update the cost and schedule of ATCCSsince our December 1987 report.’ The ATCCSprogram is the Army’s comprehensive approach to auto- Background mating its tactical command and control systems and improving its com- munications systems. The $20 billion effort is designed to enhance the coordination and control of combat forces through automated manage- ment of five key battlefield functional areas: (1) field artillery, (2) tacti- cal intelligence, (3) combat service support, (4) forward area air defense, and (5) force maneuver control. ATCCSis comprised of nine segments: five command and control systems, three communications systems, and one common hardware and software program to provide computer commonality. From August 1987 to June 1989, seven of the nine segments that com- Results in Brief prise ATCCShad experienced delays in development and production. These delays have caused the initial operational capability to slip for the seven systems from 4 to 27 months. Since August 1987, costs decreased for four systems and for the com- mon hardware and software program and increased in the other four. Army estimates show the consolidated ATCCS costs decreased from about $21.4 billion to about $20.6 billion, a decrease of $779 million. This change includes decreases of about $1.95 billion offset by increases of about $1.17 bihion. The cost decreases resulted from reduced equipment quantities and revised cost estimates, while cost increases were the ’ Battlefield Automation: Army Command and Control Systems Acquisition Cost and Schedule Changes (GAO/NSIAD-88-42FS,lk.1987). Page1 GAO/NSL4D9O-2SBBBattlefield Automation B228648 result of requirement changes, development problems, and schedule delays, We discussed a draft of this report with Department of Defense and Army officials and included their comments where appropriate. Appen- dix I provides an overview of ATCCS’ cost and schedule, and appendix II contains additional details on ATCCS. Our objective, scope, and methodol- ogy are described in appendix III. Unless you publicly announce its contents earlier, we plan no further distribution of this report until 10 days from the date of this letter. At that time, we will send copies to interested parties and make copies available to others upon request. Please contact me at 275-4841 if you or your staff have any questions concerning the report. Other major contributors to this report are listed in appendix IV. Sincerely yours, I/ Louis J. Rodrigues Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Issues Page 2 GAO/NSIAD-!40-28BR Battlefield Automation Page 3 GAO/NSIAD4&28BR Battlefield Automation
Battlefield Automation: Army Tactical Command and Control System's Cost and Schedule
Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1990-02-08.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)