Accession Number : ADA188044

Title :   Strategic Defense Initiative Program: Better Management Direction and Controls Needed.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA188044

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is a multibillion dollar research program to determine the feasibility of establishing a defense system against nuclear ballistic missiles by the early 1990s. A key element of the system is battle management/command, control, and communications (BM/C3) which includes the systems that tie weapons, sensors, and computers together. BM/C3 is controversial because of its complexity, and it could be a critical limiting factor to the entire SDI system design. The Chairman, Subcommittee on Defense, House Committee on Appropriations, asked GAO to assess the SDI Organization's (SDIO) management of the Systems Analysis and Battle Management (SABM) program element, particularly as it related to the BM/C3 component.

Descriptors :   *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, BATTLES, COMPUTERS, DETECTORS, GUIDED MISSILES, LIMITATIONS, MILITARY STRATEGY, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, STRATEGIC WARFARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, ARCHITECTURE

Subject Categories : Command, Control and Communications Systems
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE