Senators are concerned about what they call technological challenges and programmatic uncertainties, which could lead to additional cost growth and schedule slips in the program.
Senators are asking the Government Accountability Office to provide an independent assessment of the Armys troubled Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program.Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee included a provision to that effect in their report on the fiscal 2008 defense spending bill. The panel marked up the legislation Sept. 12. The full Senate is expected to debate the bill in the coming weeks.Senators want GAO Comptroller General David Walker to deliver a report to the congressional defense committees by June 30, 2008.Senators are concerned about what they call the programs technological challenges and programmatic uncertainties, which could lead to additional costs and schedule slips, the report states.GAOs review should include an evaluation of the Armys efforts to address those problems. It should also examine the services plans to integrate and synchronize WIN-T with the Future Combat Systems program, and it should assess the accuracy of the Armys cost estimates for the effort.WIN-T is a crucial program for the Army. It is supposed to link various elements of FCS, the flagship project in the services modernization plans.Earlier this year, Defense Department officials reported cost increases of almost $2.2 billion in the last quarter of 2006. In June, Kenneth Krieg, who at the time was undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, provided the requisite documentation to Congress that the program should continue despite the cost increases. Officials also unveiled a restructured management plan for the program.
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