Electronic Warfare

Need to Strengthen Controls Over Air Force Jammer Programs Gao ID: NSIAD-90-168 July 11, 1990

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the performance effectiveness of radar jammers the Air Force recently acquired or will acquire to protect its tactical aircraft.

GAO found that: (1) the Air Force prematurely procured jammers without adequately testing their performance capability, resulting in jammers with limited effectiveness; (2) rather than enhancing aircraft survivability against threat radars, the Air Force did not use some radars and used others on tactical aircraft overseas with inoperable components; (3) the Department of Defense (DOD) required the Air Force to increase the performance capability of some jammers; (4) DOD had not established adequate procedures or other controls for managing or overseeing Air Force jammer programs and had not taken an active role in the programs because it considered them to be minor; and (5) DOD lack of adequate controls over the Air Force's jammer acquisitions contributed to unsatisfactory jammer production.


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