The Resource UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes

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UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes
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UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes
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eng
Summary
The Department of Defense (DOD) needs Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Since the end of the Vietnam War, DOD began at least nine UAV acquisition programs that were later canceled, spending $4 billion in the process. (See app. I.) In 1994, as part of its acquisition reform efforts, DOD adopted an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) strategy for assessing UAVs. 2 We reviewed current UAV projects to determine whether DOD's strategy of conducting ACTDs before developing and producing UAVs provides an improved knowledge base for making acquisition decisions. DOD has completed ACTD projects for the Predator and Outrider UAV systems and has an ongoing ACTD for the Global Hawk UAV. DOD terminated a fourth UAV project, DarkStar, before its ACTD was completed. The ACTD strategy of focusing on mature technology and proving military utility before committing to a UAV has expanded DOD's knowledge base, allowing it to make some well informed acquisition decisions. For example, when DOD began the Predator ACTD in 1994, the Predator was considered technologically mature because its design was based on an existing UAV the Gnat 750. Nevertheless, DOD still required that the Predator's performance be demonstrated. Prototypes of the Predator were deployed in Bosnia in 1995 and 1996, allowing users to determine whether the UAV would meet their needs. Only after this performance data was gathered and analyzed in 1997 was DOD willing to formally commit to the UAV's acquisition. 3 In another case, the ACTD for the DarkStar UAV DOD
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non fiction
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GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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  • Government procurement
  • Military aircraft
  • Unmanned spacecraft
  • Military critical technology
  • Department of defense
  • Decision making
  • Strategy
  • Acquisition
  • Knowledge based systems
  • Reconnaissance
  • Vietnam war
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
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UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes
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Report to the Secretary of Defense
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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16 pages
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online
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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227900155
  • (OCoLC)ocn227900155
Label
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES: DoD's Demonstration Approach Has Improved Project Outcomes
Publication
Note
Report to the Secretary of Defense
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
16 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227900155
  • (OCoLC)ocn227900155

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