Accession Number : ADA291239

Title :   Operation Desert Storm: Project Overall Performance Is Not Supported.

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

PDF Url : ADA291239

Report Date : 07 APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The General Accounting Office is pleased to be here today to share its observations on the Project Manager's assessment of the Patriot missile system's performance during Operation Desert Storm. The statement will focus on (1) the Army's efforts to deploy an effective missile defense against Iraqi Scud missiles and (2) the Patriot Project Manager's analysis of the Patriot's performance. GAO's review indicated in general that the Army and supporting contractors overcame significant obstacles to provide tactical missile defense in Saudi Arabia and Israel but that the Project Manager's assessment that Patriot was successful against 70 percent of the Iraqi Scuds was not supported. The quality of the performance data is now being reassessed. GAO's observations are based on a February 1992 briefing by the Patriot Project Manager and an examination of two reports cited as the basis for the assessment. In the course of its work GAO interviewed officials in the Patriot Project Office, the Office of the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, the Army Training and Doctrine Command's System Manager for High-Medium Air Defense, and the Army's Ballistic Research Laboratory. Examination of the two reports included comparing them to the Army's briefing and tracing the statements in the reports to supporting records. Because the Army is continuing to gather data, GAO has not independently examined Patriot's performance. GAO discussed its observations with Project Office officials and have included their views as appropriate. (KAR) p. 2

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, MILITARY OPERATIONS, ISRAEL, IRAQ, ARMY TRAINING, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), REPORTS, CONTRACTORS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, RECORDS, ARMY, TACTICAL WARFARE, SAUDI ARABIA.

Subject Categories : Antimissile Defense Systems
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE