Pentagon submits weapon system assessments to Congress

By Tony Bertuca / September 23, 2022 at 5:08 PM

The Pentagon has sent Congress its annual collection of selected acquisition reports summarizing the cost, schedule and performance status for dozens of major weapon systems.

The reports cover the performance of 79 major defense acquisition programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The list includes 19 Middle Tier Acquisition programs that meet the MDAP cost threshold.

The reports are intended for Congress to provide oversight of the Pentagon’s acquisition process, which often faces cost, schedule and performance challenges. For instance, the reports are used to monitor any “Nunn-McCurdy” cost breaches DOD programs might experience.

The Defense Department, however, did not submit SARs to Congress last year.

“SARs are prepared annually in conjunction with submission of the President’s Budget,” DOD said in a press release announcing the SARs submission.

“The President’s Budget 2022 only included one year of funding and therefore DOD did not produce SARs last year,” the statement continued.

The department did not immediately respond to a request for further information.

Read the SARs here and watch Inside Defense for further in-depth reporting on the Pentagon’s SARs submission.