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Building Partner Capacity: Inventory of Department of Defense Security Cooperation and Department of State Security Assistance Efforts
GAO-17-255R: Published: Mar 24, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2017.
Since 9/11, the Departments of Defense and State have worked to build the capacity of foreign partners to address security threats—for example, by training and equipping foreign security forces. However, the rapid increase in these efforts has led to questions about whether these agencies are adequately coordinating (and not duplicating) efforts. We conducted an inventory and found 194 DOD and...
Defense Civil Support: DOD Needs to Identify National Guard's Cyber Capabilities and Address Challenges in Its Exercises
GAO-16-574: Published: Sep 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2016.
National Guard units have developed capabilities that could be used, if requested and approved, to support civil authorities in a cyber incident; however, the Department of Defense (DOD) does not have visibility of all National Guard units' capabilities for this support. GAO found three types of cyber capabilities that exist in National Guard units:Communications directorates : These organization...
Defense Headquarters: Improved Data Needed to Better Identify Streamlining and Cost Savings Opportunities by Function
GAO-16-286: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Since 2014, and in part to respond to congressional direction, the Department of Defense (DOD) has undertaken initiatives intended to improve the efficiency of headquarters organizations and identify related cost savings, but it is unclear to what extent these initiatives will help the department achieve the potential savings it has identified. In a 2015 review of its six business processes, DOD i...
Civil Support: DOD Needs to Clarify Its Roles and Responsibilities for Defense Support of Civil Authorities during Cyber Incidents
GAO-16-332: Published: Apr 4, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed overarching guidance about how it is to support civil authorities as part of its Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission, but DOD's guidance does not clearly define its roles and responsibilities for cyber incidents. Specifically, DOD has developed and issued key DSCA guidance—such as DOD Directive 3025.18, Defense Support of Civil Author...
Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Update on DOD's Modernization
GAO-15-584R: Published: Jun 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2015.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing in April 2015 to congressional defense committee staff on the results of its review of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization programs or efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD). NC3 is a large and complex system comprised of numerous land-, air-, and space-based components used to assure connectivity be...
Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Review of DOD's Current Modernization Efforts
GAO-14-414R: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing to committee staff on the results of this review in January 2014. GAO briefed on the status of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD), including progress made and remaining challenges to completing those efforts. GAO also reported on DOD's efforts to plan and devel...
Imminent Danger Pay: Actions Needed Regarding Pay Designations in the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility
GAO-14-230R: Published: Jan 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated more than $1 billion in imminent danger pay from fiscal years 2010 through 2013 in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, excluding Afghanistan, according to data from the military services. In June 2011, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness requested the geographic Combatant Commands to assess existing immin...
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,...
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...
Accountability for U.S. Equipment Provided to Pakistani Security Forces in the Western Frontier Needs to Be Improved
GAO-11-156R: Published: Feb 15, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2011.
Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other extremists have used safe havens along Pakistan's Western Frontier (border) region to attack Pakistani, Afghan, U.S., and coalition troops; plan and train for attacks against U.S. interests and the U.S. homeland; destabilize Pakistan, a nuclear-armed U.S. ally; and spread radical Islamic ideologies that threaten U.S. interests. A key U.S. national security objectiv...