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Active and Reserve Unit Costs: DOD Report to Congress Generally Addressed the Statutory Requirements but Lacks Detail
GAO-14-711R: Published: Jul 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2014.
GAO found that the Department of Defense's (DOD) report to Congress on the unit cost and readiness for the active and reserve components of the armed forces addressed or partially addressed the five required statutory reporting elements, but could have included more detailed information to give policymakers better insight into affordability and other active and reserve force mix issues. Specifical...
Military Training: Observations on Efforts to Prepare Personnel to Survive Helicopter Crashes into Water
GAO-14-615R: Published: Jul 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2014.
The military services and U.S Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have similar water-egress training programs and similar facilities and equipment to teach personnel to escape from helicopters that crash in water, but each organization has specialized training capabilities that it uses to meet specific training needs. For example, Army, Navy, Air Force, and SOCOM training facilities each contain at...
Climate Change Adaptation: DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts
GAO-14-446: Published: May 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2014.
In its Fiscal Year 2012 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Department of Defense (DOD) identified climate change phenomena such as rising temperatures and sea levels as potentially impacting its infrastructure, and officials at sites GAO visited or contacted noted actual impacts they had observed. For example, according to DOD officials, the combination of thawing permafrost, decreasing sea ic...
Defense Acquisitions: Review of Private Industry and Department of Defense Open Systems Experiences
GAO-14-617R: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO identified four private sector companies across various industries whose officials discussed examples of how they use an open systems approach in product development—an approach that includes a modular design and open interfaces or connection points based on open standards—to reduce product development time and life-cycle costs, increase competition and innovation, and enable interoperabil...
Defense Contracting: Early Attention in the Acquisition Process Needed to Enhance Competition
GAO-14-395: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: May 5, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) competition rate for all contract obligations declined over the past 5 fiscal years from 62 percent in fiscal year 2009 to 57 percent in fiscal year 2013, but remained flat for the past 2 years. In fiscal year 2013, the Army had the highest competition rate, 66 percent, while the Missile Defense Agency had the lowest competition rate, 29 percent. The 14 justificat...
Defense Logistics: Actions Needed to Improve Department-Wide Management of Conventional Ammunition Inventory
GAO-14-182: Published: Mar 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2014.
The military services use automated information systems to manage and maintain accountability for the Department of Defense (DOD) ammunition inventory, but the systems have some limitations that affect their ability to facilitate efficient management of conventional ammunition.The systems cannot directly exchange ammunition data because they use different data exchange formats. Only the Army's Log...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Program
GAO-14-521R: Published: Apr 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) program addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dol...
Defense Infrastructure: In-Kind Projects Initiated during Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012
GAO-14-280R: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2014.
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) processes for selecting in-kind projects in Asia vary by country and by whether the project is intended to support force structure initiatives or enduring installations, although these efforts are not mutually exclusive; domestically, DOD’s processes for selecting in-kind projects vary by military service and statutory authority. In Asia, the selection of in-k...
Military Housing: Information on the Privatization of Unaccompanied Personnel Housing
GAO-14-313: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
Since Congress enacted the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) in 1996, the military services conducted several analyses and considered other factors to determine whether to privatize housing for unaccompanied personnel. These analyses were conducted between 1997 and 2011. The Army's and the Navy's analyses compared different scenarios--such as whether to rely on privatization or use...
Defense Management: Actions Needed to Ensure National Guard and Reserve Headquarters Are Sized to be Efficient
GAO-14-71: Published: Nov 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
Between fiscal years 2009 and 2013, the total number of funded positions--both full-time support and part-time--at the Department of Defense's (DOD) 75 Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve (Reserves) component headquarters grew from about 30,200 to 31,900 positions (about 6 percent overall). Some organizations grew more markedly, among them the National Guard Bureau (17 percent); Army National Guard...