Modern U.S. weapons systems, from the F-22 stealth fighter to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are increasingly designed with intelligence community requirements in mind. But the Defense Department has yet to iron out kinks in the communications chain during the complex acquisition process, a watchdog found.
The Pentagon has “developed certifications and training for acquisition and intelligence personnel, but it does not have certifications for certain personnel who provide intelligence support to acquisition programs,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wrote in a report released on Nov. 1.
A DoD Acquisition Requirement Task Force begun in 2015 has identified the need for, but Defense has not required prioritization of, intelligence mission data, the watchdog found, while the extent of training and certification varies among the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. intelligence authorities.
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