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Pentagon Weapons Costs Curbed by Obama-Era Reforms, GAO Finds

  • Report shows savings have flattened as reforms take effect
  • Newest programs have seen cost reductions of $3.4 billion
A Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35.
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Pentagon acquisition reforms imposed by the Obama administration and Congress helped rein in the costs of major weapons, although the savings are leveling off, congressional auditors have found.

“Our assessment shows that the progress DoD has made since 2010” to reduce cost growth in its portfolio “has now flattened out,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said in the Government Accountability Office’s 15th annual report on major weapons systems. The combined estimated cost of the 78 programs in the latest study is $1.46 trillion, or $9.4 billion more than their original estimates.