The Pentagon this afternoon released its most up-to-date details on changes to major defense acquisition program cost, schedule and performance since December 2018.
"This information is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) for the first quarter of [fiscal year] 2019, as updated by the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget submitted to Congress on March 11, 2019," a Defense Department press release states.
The previous estimate of program acquisition costs for December 2017 -- totaling 83 programs -- was $1.9 trillion, according to DOD. As of December 2018, the department listed 87 programs at slightly more than $2 trillion.
"Quantity changes account for the majority of the $101,000 million increase (+$51,000 million), in addition to scope changes (+$18,000 million) and revised indices (+$11,500 million)," the statement reads. Of the 20 programs with quantity changes, 16 "are either equal to or underrunning their current baseline costs, as well as 60 of the 84 SARs reporting Unit Cost this SAR cycle overall."
Four new programs were listed in the SARs released this week: the Navy's Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) and Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile -- Extended Range (AARGM-ER) programs as well as the Air Force's VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization and Presidential and National Voice Conferencing (PNVC) Integrator programs.
The Pentagon notes that "PNVC is not a Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) but is required by the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to submit a SAR."
The SAR estimates the ESB program at $5.1 billion; the AARGM-ER at $4 billion, the VC-25 at $5.2 billion and PNVC at $349.6 million.