Big changes are coming for the Pentagon budget

Big changes are coming for the Pentagon budget


If anyone still thought our defense industrial base wasn’t in serious trouble, the most recent Government Accountability Office report on how we acquire and advance new weapons systems should set people straight.

By looking at the characteristics and performance of 101 of the Pentagon’s costliest weapon programs, the GAO found that more than half of its 26 major defense acquisition programs that have yet to deliver operational capability have reported more delays.

In fact, the word “delay” highlights most of the 261-page report, with the GAO putting the blame squarely on a systemic failure to acquire new systems quickly and to see them through to execution.

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The report also found that the average time it takes for major defense acquisition programs to deliver capability has grown from eight

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