The Defense Department should defer a production decision on the extended-range variant of the Air Force's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile until DOD officials re-evaluate the JASSM program's affordability and cost-effectiveness, Government Accountability Office auditors have recommended in a report issued in mid-October 2010. DOD has tentatively scheduled a review in November 2010, to decide whether JASSM-ER is ready to enter low-rate production. But GAO calls for "a reevaluation of the JASSM program," before the JASSM-ER production decision. Here, airmen prepare a JASSM for loading on a B-1B bomber at Dyess, AFB, Tex.
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