Defense Trade: Department of Defense Savings From Export Sales Are Difficult to Capture: NSIAD-99-191

Hinton Jr., Henry L.
September 1999
GAO Reports;9/17/1999, p1
Government Documents
Last year, the Defense Department (DOD) and its contractors planned to sell to foreign countries defense equipment and services worth about $44.3 billion. One of the U.S. government's goals in exporting defense items is to allow DOD to meet its defense requirements at less cost. To determine whether DOD is maximizing this benefit, GAO reviewed the sales of the following five major weapon systems: the Hellfire Missile, the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, the Black Hawk Helicopter, and the Aegis Weapon System. GAO found that although DOD reduced its cost to buy the five weapon systems when the systems were also sold to foreign governments, DOD did not maximize the potential for savings. In addition, Congress lacked information that would have helped it oversee weapons systems acquisitions and export sales.


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