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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: Military Services Consistently Held Required Configuration Steering Boards That Actively Reviewed Requirements Changes
GAO-14-466R: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: May 5, 2014.
In 2013, the military services held a Configuration Steering Board (CSB) to review requirements or technical configuration changes for 77 of 79 current major defense acquisition programs required to hold one by statute, approximately 97 percent. Major defense acquisition programs are those programs whose estimates exceed certain statutory dollar values as adjusted by the Department of Defense (DOD...
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...
KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Program Generally on Track, but Upcoming Schedule Remains Challenging
GAO-14-190: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2014.
The KC-46 program has made good progress over the past year—acquisition costs have remained relatively stable, the critical design review was successfully completed, the program is on track to meet performance parameters, and the contractor started building development aircraft. As shown, total program acquisition costs—which include development, production, and military construction costs—a...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities
GAO-14-322: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014.
Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect. F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirem...
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...
Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Aviation Engineering and Maintenance Professionals
GAO-14-237: Published: Feb 28, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2014.
GAO analysis found mixed evidence about a current or possible future shortage of aviation professionals. Aerospace engineers have experienced a low unemployment rate—the most direct measure of a labor shortage—and increases in employment suggesting a shortage may exist; however, earnings for the occupation have stayed about the same. Data provide less support for a shortage of aircraft mechani...
Defense Efficiencies: Action Needed to Improve Evaluation of Initiatives
GAO-14-134: Published: Jan 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 17, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has refined its approach for tracking and reporting on the status of efficiency initiatives by establishing specific requirements to standardize and expand the type of information that the military departments (Army, Navy, and Air Force) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) report to senior decision makers. Initially, DOD provided general direction through em...
ICBM Modernization: Approaches to Basing Options and Interoperable Warhead Designs Need Better Planning and Synchronization
GAO-13-831: Published: Sep 20, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has identified capability requirements and potential basing options for the Minuteman III follow-on intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and the Department of Energy (DOE) has begun a parallel study of options to extend the life of its warhead, but neither department plans to estimate the total system costs for the new missile and its warhead. GAO's work on co...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Efforts to Adopt Open Systems for Its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Have Progressed Slowly
GAO-13-651: Published: Jul 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2013.
An open systems approach, which includes a modular design and standard interfaces, allows components of a product (like a computer) to be replaced easily. This allows the product to be refreshed with new, improved components made by a variety of suppliers. Designing weapons as open systems offers significant repair, upgrade, and competition benefits that could translate to millions of dollars in s...