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Missile Defense: Precision Tracking Space System Evaluation of Alternatives
GAO-13-747R: Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) submitted to the congressional defense committees a terms of reference and a report on a 2012 DOD Director for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) program review of the Precision Tracking Space System (PTSS), a missile defense program designed to track ballistic missiles. These documents did not provide for or include an evaluation of PTSS alternatives as...
Defense Logistics: A Completed Comprehensive Strategy is Needed to Guide DOD's In-Transit Visibility Efforts
GAO-13-201: Published: Feb 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to improve in-transit visibility of its assets through efforts developed by several of the defense components, but no one DOD organization is fully aware of all such efforts across the department, because they are not centrally tracked. In-transit visibility is the ability to track the identity, status, and location of DOD assets and personnel from o...
Defense Logistics: DOD Has Taken Actions to Improve Some Segments of the Materiel Distribution System
GAO-12-883R: Published: Aug 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2012.
DOD incorporated results-oriented management practices into the planning and development of the four ongoing DSO improvement efforts. Additionally, it appears that DOD is incorporating those practices into its planning for the fifth effortstrategic network optimizationwhich is still under development. On the basis of our assessment of DODs key planning documents and other informa...
Strategic Weapons: Changes in the Nuclear Weapons Targeting Process Since 1991
GAO-12-786R: Published: Jul 31, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2012.
The fundamental objectives of U.S. nuclear deterrence policy have remained largely consistent since 1991, even as the threat environment and the size of the nuclear weapons stockpile have changed. The current process for developing nuclear targeting and employment guidance has remained consistent. However, the structure of the nuclear war plan, and the categories and number of targets in the plan,...
Operational Contract Support: Management and Oversight Improvements Needed in Afghanistan
GAO-12-290: Published: Mar 29, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to enhance its existing training program for contracting officers representatives (CORs), but the required training does not fully prepare them to perform their contract oversight duties in contingency areas such as Afghanistan. DOD requires that CORs be qualified by training and experience commensurate with the responsibilities to be delegated...
Telecommunications: Competition, Capacity, and Costs in the Fixed Satellite Services Industry
GAO-11-777: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2011.
Commercial satellites are used by the U.S. government to provide a variety of fixed satellite services, such as military communications. However, the number of satellite operators providing such service has declined since 2000. Further, until recently, three vendors, known as satellite service providers, had sole authority to contract with the Department of Defense (DOD) under its primary satellit...
Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue
GAO-11-318SP: Published: Mar 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2011.
Overlap and fragmentation among government programs or activities can be harbingers of unnecessary duplication. In this report we include 81 areas for consideration drawn from GAO's prior and ongoing work. We present 34 areas where agencies, offices, or initiatives have similar or overlapping objectives or provide similar services to the same populations; or where government missions are fragmente...
Ballistic Missile Defense: DOD Needs to Address Planning and Implementation Challenges for Future Capabilities in Europe
GAO-11-220: Published: Jan 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2011.
In September 2009, the President announced a revised approach for ballistic missile defense (BMD) in Europe. The European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) is designed to defend against existing and near-term ballistic missile threats and build up defenses over four phases as threats mature and new BMD technologies become available. Although the approach will include capabilities such as radars and...
Afghanistan's Security Environment
GAO-10-613R: Published: May 5, 2010. Publicly Released: May 5, 2010.
In December 2009, recognizing that the situation in Afghanistan had become more grave since the March 2009 announcement of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the administration concluded a 10-week review of the strategy's goals and the methods needed to achieve them. In announcing the results of this review, the President reaffirmed the core strategic goal of disrupting, dismantling,...
Afghanistan: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight
GAO-09-473SP: Published: Apr 21, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2009.
The United States has provided approximately $38.6 billion in reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan and has over 35,000 troops in the country as of February 2009. Some progress has occurred in areas such as economic growth, infrastructure development, and training of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), but the overall security situation in Afghanistan has not improved after more than 7...