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Force Structure: Preliminary Observations on Air Force A-10 Divestment
GAO-15-698R: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
The Air Force A-10 fighter aircraft divestment decision came out of a strategy-based, portfolio-wide review of alternatives used to develop the budget at lower than previously anticipated levels. The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force strategic guidance prioritized, among other things, fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-35, readiness, and multirole aircraft, while placing a lower prior...
Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Additional Actions Needed to Improve Federal Oversight
GAO-15-432: Published: Jun 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2015.
The seven selected agencies in GAO's review awarded approximately $12.1 billion in energy savings performance contracts (ESPC) in fiscal years 1995 through 2014 and plan to continue using them to help meet federal energy directives and initiatives. Under ESPCs, private contractors finance the up-front costs of energy improvements. Agencies then repay contractors from the savings, such as those res...
Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Update on DOD's Modernization
GAO-15-584R: Published: Jun 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2015.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing in April 2015 to congressional defense committee staff on the results of its review of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization programs or efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD). NC3 is a large and complex system comprised of numerous land-, air-, and space-based components used to assure connectivity be...
Defense Acquisition Process: Military Service Chiefs' Concerns Reflect Need to Better Define Requirements before Programs Start
GAO-15-469: Published: Jun 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2015.
Most current and former military service chiefs and vice chiefs GAO interviewed from the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps collectively expressed dissatisfaction with acquisition program outcomes and believed that the Department of Defense's (DOD) requirements development and acquisition processes need to be better integrated. The service chiefs are largely responsible for developing the ser...
Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty
GAO-15-470: Published: May 27, 2015. Publicly Released: May 27, 2015.
To implement sequestration in fiscal year (FY) 2013, the Department of Defense's (DOD) discretionary resources were reduced in approximate proportion to the size of its appropriation accounts, with the largest reductions to DOD's largest accounts, operation and maintenance. The military services' accounts absorbed about 76 percent of DOD's reduction relative to other defense accounts. In contrast...
Defense Transportation: Air Force's Airlift Study Met Mandate Requirements
GAO-15-457R: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015.
Section112 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 required the Air Force to conduct a study on airlift. The Air Force contracted with RAND to conduct this study. RAND completed its study in December of 2012, and the Air Force submitted the study along with its report to the congressional defense committees in March 2013. We found that the airlift study conformed to general...
Defense Contracting: Observations on Air Force Use of Undefinitized Contract Actions
GAO-15-496R: Published: May 18, 2015. Publicly Released: May 18, 2015.
The Air Force obligated $14 billion from fiscal years 2010 through 2014 on undefinitized contract actions (UCA)â€”a contracting vehicle that authorizes contractors to begin work before reaching final agreement on contract terms. These UCA obligations do not include actions that were foreign funded and administered by the U.S. government at no cost. During this 5-year period, five major space and a...
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Actions Needed to Improve DOD Pilot Training
GAO-15-461: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The Army and the Air Force face challenges ensuring that the pilots who remotely operate their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) complete their required training. Specifically, a March 2015 Army review showed that most pilots in certain Army units did not complete fundamental training tasks in fiscal year 2014â€”a finding that GAO corroborated through discussions with pilots in focus groups and unit r...
Defense Contracting: DOD's Use of Competitive Procedures
GAO-15-484R: Published: May 1, 2015. Publicly Released: May 1, 2015.
During the period from fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2014, DODâ€™s competition rateâ€”the dollars obligated annually on competitive contracts and task orders as a percentage of dollars obligated on all contracts and ordersâ€”ranged from 60.8 percent to 56.5 percent. In fiscal year 2014, DOD obligated $284.4 billion through contracts and task orders, of which 58.2 percent was competed.GAO al...
Defense Inventory: Services Generally Have Reduced Excess Inventory, but Additional Actions Are Needed
GAO-15-350: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2015.
The Navy and Air Force reported meeting the Department of Defense's (DOD) goal of reducing on-hand excess inventory (i.e., items categorized for potential reuse or disposal) to 10 percent of the total value of inventory, but the Army had not met the goal, as of March 2014. Reporting issues hinder full visibility of on-hand excess inventory and progress against DOD's goal. For example,the Army's ca...