The Defense Department’s most sophisticated weapons systems are basically moving, networked computer systems, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Cristina Chaplain, director of contracting and national security issues at the Government Accountability Office, said a missile interceptor shown last year in successful test run still needs evaluation under different and more strenuous conditions.
Cristina Chaplain, director of contracting and national security acquisition issues at the GAO, said a troubling trend has been observed at NASA in the last few years.
Evening news broadcasts showed it even before their nightly cavalcade of tornados. An interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base whacked a target missile in the exo-atmosphere. The test occurred on the same day the Government Accountability Office released a study showing management challenges for the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems, operated by the Missile Defense Agency. Including a number of tests the agency was not able to conduct. Joining Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more, Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO.
NASA’s launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That’s the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they’re all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency’s findings.
If you ask the Defense Department, its acquisition process for missile defense is a glass half full. The Government Accountability Office says that might be an overly optimistic way of looking at it. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about a new GAO report.
A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.
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As terminations become more likely due to tightening budgets, GAO said NASA needs to develop more guidance for its acquisition professionals. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisitions and sourcing management at GAO, spoke with Federal News Radio about the recommendations.