Strategic Defense Initiative Program

Better Management Direction and Controls Needed Gao ID: NSIAD-88-26 November 27, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) Strategic Defense Initiative Organization's (SDIO) management of the Systems Analysis and Battle Management (SABM) Program.

GAO found that: (1) inadequate direction and planning of some research efforts within the SABM program resulted in inefficiencies because SDIO terminated the contracts before completing intended work; (2) inadequate SDIO oversight of work directives resulted in a lack of approval for 47 percent of the total dollar value of the planned research; (3) SDIO made little progress in integrating system and battle management architecture; and (4) inadequate documentation existed because SDIO did not develop a formal internal management control program.


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