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)

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GAO               Briefing Report. to the Chairman,
                  Subcommittee on Defense, Committee
                  on Appropriations, House of

February   1990
                  Army Tactical
                  Command and Control
                  System’s Cost and
                   United States

GAO                General Accounting  Office
                   Washington, D.C. 20648

                   National Security and
                   International Affairs Division


                   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

                   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

                   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).

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     result of requirement changes, development problems, and schedule

     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

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