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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...
Afghanistan Drawdown Preparations: DOD Decision Makers Need Additional Analyses to Determine Costs and Benefits of Returning Excess Equipment
GAO-13-185R: Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2012.
In summary,The military services and DOD agencies have applied some, but not all, of the relevant lessons learned from the Iraq drawdown to their planning for equipment reductions in Afghanistan. For example, the drawdown from Iraq demonstrated the importance of early planning for equipment drawdown, and the military services have already issued guidance and orders outlining the processes and proc...
Defense Management: Opportunities Exist to Improve Information Used in Monitoring Status of Efficiency Initiatives
GAO-13-105R: Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2012.
The military departments and SOCOM have taken various steps to track the implementation of their efficiency initiatives. For example, prior to or during fiscal year 2012, they identified necessary programmatic actions to implement initiatives and began to carry out these actions, such as reassigning personnel from organizations being consolidated and terminating weapon system programs. They also s...
Homeland Defense: DOD Needs to Address Gaps in Homeland Defense and Civil Support Guidance
GAO-13-128: Published: Oct 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) protects the U.S. homeland through two distinct but interrelated missions: (1) homeland defense, which defends against threats such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and cyber incidents; and (2) civil support, which involves supporting other federal agencies in responding to major domestic disasters, emergencies, and special events. DOD has issued and updat...
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...
Electronic Warfare: DOD Actions Needed to Strengthen Management and Oversight
GAO-12-479: Published: Jul 9, 2012. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) developed an electronic warfare strategy, but it only partially addressed key characteristics that GAO identified in prior work as desirable for a national or defense strategy. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 requires DOD to submit to the congressional defense committees an annual report on DODs electronic warfare strategy for each...
Mission Iraq: State and DOD Face Challenges in Finalizing Support and Security Capabilities
GAO-12-856T: Published: Jun 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2012.
The Departments of State (State) and Defense (DOD) planned for a civilian-led presence in Iraq consisting of more than 16,000 personnel at 14 sites in fiscal year 2012. As of May 2012, State and DOD were reassessing the Mission Iraq presence, and State had a plan to reduce the presence to 11,500 personnel at 11 sites by the end of fiscal year 2013. Even with the reductions, Mission Iraq would rema...
Urgent Warfighter Needs: Opportunities Exist to Expedite Development and Fielding of Joint Capabilities
GAO-12-385: Published: Apr 24, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2012.
A majority of the initiatives GAO reviewed (26 of 30) met, or expected to meet, the Department of Defenses (DOD) expectation for fielding a capability in response to joint urgent operational needs within 2 years. However, performance in meeting schedule estimates varied, and more than half of the initiatives experienced schedule delays.Initiatives leveraged three types of solutions: (1) off-...
Defense Biometrics: Additional Training for Leaders and More Timely Transmission of Data Could Enhance the Use of Biometrics in Afghanistan
GAO-12-442: Published: Apr 23, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has trained thousands of personnel on the use of biometrics since 2004, but biometrics training for leaders does not provide detailed instructions on how to effectively use and manage biometrics collection tools. The Office of the Secretary of Defense, the military services, and U.S. Central Command each has emphasized in key documents the importance of training. Ad...
Border Security: Observations on Costs, Benefits, and Challenges of a Department of Defense Role in Helping to Secure the Southwest Land Border
GAO-12-657T: Published: Apr 17, 2012. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2012.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 mandated that GAO examine the costs and benefits of an increased Department of Defense (DOD) role to help secure the southwest land border. This mandate directed that GAO report on, among other things, the potential deployment of additional units, increased use of ground-based mobile surveillance systems, use of mobile patrols by military...