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Joint Strike Fighter [electronic resource]: DOD Actions Needed to Further Enhance Restructuring and Address Affordability Risks : Report to Congressional Committees

United States. Government Accountability Office; Sullivan, Michael
Format
EBook; Book; Government Document; Online
Published
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, [2012]
Language
English
Variant Title
Joint strike fighter : Department of Defense actions needed to further enhance restructuring and address affordability risks
DOD actions needed to further enhance restructuring and address affordability risks
SuDoc Number
GA 1.13:GAO-12-437
Summary
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the Department of Defense's (DOD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition, seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The JSF is critical to DOD's long-term recapitalization plans to replace hundreds of legacy aircraft. Total U.S. investment is now projected at nearly $400 billion to develop and acquire 2,457 aircraft through 2037 and will require a long-term, sustained funding commitment. The JSF has been extensively restructured over the last 2 years to address relatively poor cost, schedule, and performance outcomes. This report, prepared in response to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, addresses (1) JSF program cost and schedule changes and affordability issues; (2) performance objectives, testing results, and technical risks; and (3) contract costs, concurrency impacts, and manufacturing. GAO recommends that (1) DOD analyze cost and program impacts from potentially reduced future funding levels and (2) assess the capability and challenges facing the JSF's global supply chain. DOD concurred with the second recommendation and agreed with the value of the first, but believed its annual budget efforts are sufficient. GAO maintains that more robust data is needed and could be useful to congressional deliberations.
Description
1 online resource (iii, 51 p.) : col. ill.
System requirements: Adobe Reader.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Notes
  • Title from cover screen (viewed on June 21, 2012).
  • "June 2012."
  • "GAO-12-437."
  • Includes bibliographical references.
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