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Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Major Weapon Programs
GAO-06-391: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
In the last 5 years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has doubled its planned investments in new weapon systems from about $700 billion in 2001 to nearly $1.4 trillion in 2006. While the weapons that DOD develops have no rival in superiority, weapon systems acquisition remains a long-standing high risk area. GAO's reviews over the past 30 years have found consistent problems with weapon acquisition...
Defense Management: Processes to Estimate and Track Equipment Reconstitution Costs Can Be Improved
GAO-05-293: Published: May 5, 2005. Publicly Released: May 5, 2005.
The high pace of military operations in Iraq and elsewhere has generated a multibillion dollar equipment maintenance requirement that must be addressed after units return home. Upon returning from deployments, active, reserve, and National Guard units reconstitute, or restore, their equipment to a condition that enables them to conduct training and prepare for future deployments. The Department of...
Defense Microelectronics: DOD-Funded Facilities Involved in Research Prototyping or Production
GAO-05-278: Published: Mar 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 2005.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to provide superior capabilities to the warfighter is dependent on its ability to incorporate rapidly evolving, cutting-edge microelectronic devices into its defense systems. While many commercial microelectronics advances apply to defense systems, DOD has some unique microelectronics needs not met by industry. Therefore, to maintain military superiority,...
Military Base Closures: Updated Status of Prior Base Realignments and Closures
GAO-05-138: Published: Jan 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 2005.
As the Department of Defense (DOD) prepares for the 2005 base realignment and closure (BRAC) round, questions continue to be raised about the transfer and environmental cleanup of unneeded property arising from the prior four BRAC rounds and their impact on cost and savings and on local economies. This report, which is being issued to the defense authorization committees that have oversight respon...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Strengthen the Annual Review and Certification of Military Personnel Obligations
GAO-05-87R: Published: Nov 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 2004.
Each year, Congress appropriates billions of dollars to pay and support U.S. military personnel at home and overseas. In fiscal year 2003, military personnel (MILPERS) appropriations amounted to more than $109 billion. Once the funds are appropriated, the military services are responsible for ensuring that the funds are properly obligated and disbursed. Their end-of-the-fiscal-year review is criti...
Defense Acquisitions: The Global Information Grid and Challenges Facing Its Implementation
GAO-04-858: Published: Jul 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2004.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is in the midst of transforming military capabilities. The transformation relies in part on the Global Information Grid (GIG), which is focused on building a new Internet-like network capability that DOD envisions will enable weapons and other systems and people to share information quickly, allowing warfighters to identify threats more effectively and to respond wi...
Military Transformation: The Army and OSD Met Legislative Requirements for First Stryker Brigade Design Evaluation, but Issues Remain for Future Brigades
GAO-04-188: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
The Army continues to transform units, known as Stryker brigades, into lighter, rapidly deployable, and more capable forces. Because Stryker brigades are an entirely new design, the fiscal year 2002 National Defense Authorization Act required the Army to conduct an evaluation of the design, to include deployment of the brigade and execution of combat missions across the full spectrum of potential...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Major Weapon Programs
GAO-03-476: Published: May 15, 2003. Publicly Released: May 15, 2003.
The weapons the Department of Defense (DOD) develops have no rival in superiority. How they are developed can be improved, without sacrificing the superiority of the outcome. GAO's reviews over the past 20 years have found consistent problems with weapon investments--cost increases, schedule delays and performance shortfalls--along with underlying causes, such as pressure on managers to promise mo...
Defense Health Care: Health Care Benefit for Women Comparable to Other Plans
GAO-02-602: Published: May 1, 2002. Publicly Released: May 1, 2002.
Half of all beneficiaries in the Department of Defense's (DOD) Tricare health care program are women. With a health care system historically oriented towards men, DOD has had to work to ensure that its women beneficiaries receive the full range of medical services they are entitled to, including obstetrical and gynecological care and diagnostic services such as Pap smears and mammograms. TRICARE-c...
Chemical and Biological Defense: DOD Should Clarify Expectations for Medical Readiness
GAO-02-219T: Published: Nov 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2001.
A 1995 Presidential Decision Directive gave the highest priority to developing the capabilities to detect, prevent, defeat, and manage the consequences of a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack. In addition, the former Secretary of Defense emphasized at his 1997 confirmation hearing the threat that U.S. forces abroad face from chemical and biological weapons. The Office of the Secretary of Defe...