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GAO calls for MDA to change cost estimates

3rd February 2022 - 15:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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THAAD was among the MDA programmes analysed in the latest GAO report. (Photo: MDA)

The US GAO has released a report pointing out that the MDA's cost estimates for systems that detect, track and defeat missiles are incomplete.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended changes to programmes run by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in a report released on 2 February.

The document pointed out that the MDA's cost estimates for these systems are incomplete and do not include programmes’ full life cycles. Nor does the MDA regularly update flight test price estimates with actual costs.

As a result, the GAO argued, Congress has only limited insight into MDA spending and annual budget requests. 

In order to improve this process, the report made six recommendations to MDA. For example, the GAO called for  all programmes with a designated lead

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