Army Cost Estimates on Next-Generation Vehicle Programs Need Work, GAO Finds

U.S. Army modernization officials can do a better job of reducing risk and estimating costs in two efforts under the service’s Next Generation Ground Combat Vehicle (NGCV) priority, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Nearly three years ago, the service launched an ambitious modernization effort designed to replace its major armored combat vehicles, helicopters, long-range fires and air defense capabilities, as well as update its tactical network and improve soldier lethality. The effort included standing up Army Future Command and relying on a flexible acquisition strategy that focuses on early rapid prototyping to speed up program completion.

In a report released Aug. 6 on the Army’s NGCV effort, GAO investigators gave credit to the service for avoiding long acquisition efforts that have resulted in the failure of past modernization efforts, such as Future Combat Systems, that resulted in losses of more than $20 billion.

But the GAO said

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