GAO questions Defense tactical radio program

The vision for the Joint Tactical Radio System program is an open architecture that will let warfighters communicate over disparate systems.

But JTRS is still far from that reality, the General Accounting Office last week told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

The challenges include inadequate requirements, poor funding management, low technology readiness, overaggressive testing schedules, lack of platform integration, inadequate security and lack of spectrum.

Much needs to be done in merging the military services' JTRS programs and funding, said Paul L. Francis, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues for GAO.

'DOD concurs with the recommendation to strengthen the joint program management structure,' noted Michael S. Frankel, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications, space and IT programs. 'DOD supports the consolidation of all related research, development, and test and evaluation funding, but does not agree with the consolidation for procurement and integration funding.'

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