National security (21 - 30 of 99 items)
Foreign Missile Threats: Analytic Soundness of Certain National Intelligence Estimates
NSIAD-96-225: Published: Aug 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the soundness of certain national intelligence estimates (NIE) on the threat to the United States from foreign missile systems, focusing on comparing the content and conclusions of NIE 95-19, which analyzed emerging threats to North America during the next 15 years, with the content and conclusions of two previous NIEs prepared in 1993.GAO found th...
NASA Facilities: Challenges to Achieving Reductions and Efficiencies
T-NSIAD-96-238: Published: Sep 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1996.
GAO discussed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to reduce key areas of its infrastructure. GAO noted that: (1) since fiscal year (FY) 1993, NASA budget and staffing levels have decreased sharply, and NASA has reduced, restructured, or cancelled some of its programs and projects; (2) NASA plans to eliminate $4 billion worth of its facilities by the end of FY 2000, b...
NASA Personnel: Challenges to Achieving Workforce Reductions
NSIAD-96-176: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 19, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) efforts to downsize its staff.GAO found that: (1) NASA has reduced its fiscal year (FY) 2000 full-time equivalent (FTE) goal by more than 3,000 personnel; (2) NASA has provided eligible employees with voluntary separation incentive payments in exchange for their voluntary retirement or resi...
Earth Observing System: Concerns Over NASA's Basic Research Funding Strategy
NSIAD-96-97: Published: Jul 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for funding its Earth Observing System (EOS) and developing EOS-related basic research, focusing on: (1) the current number of EOS science investigations; (2) researchers' views on whether changes to EOS have adversely affected their ability to carry out their interdisciplinary earth...
Navy Aviation: F/A-18E/F will Provide Marginal Operational Improvement at High Cost
NSIAD-96-98: Published: Jun 18, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1996.
GAO reviewed the Navy's plan to procure with F/A-18E/F aircraft, focusing on: (1) whether operational deficiencies in the F/A-18C/D cited by the Navy to justify the need for the F/A-18E/F have materialized and, if they have, the extent to which the F/A-18E/F would correct them; (2) whether the F/A-18E/F will provide an appreciable increase in operational capability over the F/A-18C/D; and (3) the...
Earth Observing System: Cost and Research Issues
T-NSIAD-96-116: Published: Mar 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS). GAO found that: (1) the projected total life-cycle cost of EOS from fiscal year 1991 to 2022 is $33 billion; (2) these costs include costs for satellites, launch services, data systems, science research, facility construction, and civil service personnel; (3) in order...
Federally Funded R&D Centers: Observations on DOD Actions To Improve Management
T-NSIAD-96-117: Published: Mar 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1996.
GAO discussed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to improve the management of its federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), focusing on the: (1) guidelines to ensure that management fees paid to FFRDC are justified; (2) core work appropriate for FFRDC; (3) criteria for the acceptance of work outside of the core by FFRDC parent corporations; and (4) establishment of an indep...
Space Shuttle: Declining Budget and Tight Schedule Could Jeopardize Space Station Support
NSIAD-95-171: Published: Jul 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the extent to which the space shuttle program can support the space station's assembly requirements, focusing on the: (1) impacts of the declining shuttle budget; and (2) demanding schedule to support the space station.GAO found that: (1) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) plans for increasing the shuttle's lift capability a...
Defense Management and NASA Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-5(3): Published: Jul 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in its Defense Management and NASA issue area as of July 6, 1995...
Space Station: Estimated Total U.S. Funding Requirements
NSIAD-95-163: Published: Jun 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current estimated costs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) space station program, focusing on: (1) the program's total U.S. funding requirements; and (2) specific program uncertainties that may affect those requirements.GAO found that: (1) the amount of U.S. funds it estimates are required to design, launch, and opera...