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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 Infrastructure: DOD Efforts to Prevent and Mitigate Encroachment at Its Installations
GAO-17-86: Published: Nov 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 14, 2016.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) processes for stationing, or determining where to locate units and assets consider incompatible land use. Specifically, the military departments have processes to determine how to satisfy military requirements while considering incompatible land use. DOD instructions further require that installations have master plans in place to manage incompatible land use issu...
DOD Inventory of Contracted Services: Timely Decisions and Further Actions Needed to Address Long-Standing Issues
GAO-17-17: Published: Oct 31, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2016.
In fiscal year 2014, 40 Department of Defense (DOD) components in total certified that they had conducted an inventory review. Components are required by DOD guidance to address six elements in their certification letters, including, for example, identifying any inherently governmental functions and unauthorized personal services contracts. More components—21 out of 40—addressed all of the req...
Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges
GAO-15-392R: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
In the past year the acquisition program for a new presidential helicopter, known as VH-92A, continued to make progress by establishing a knowledge-based business case for entry into system development that included an approved cost, schedule and performance baseline. GAO found that the program's actions were substantively in line with acquisition best practices. The Navy, which is responsible for...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-290: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the High Risk List. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
F-35 Sustainment: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, and Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-14-778: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) currently has or is developing several plans and analyses that will make up its overall F-35 sustainment strategy, which is expected to be complete in fiscal year 2019. The annual F-35 operating and support (O&S) costs are estimated to be considerably higher than the combined annual costs of several legacy aircraft (see fig.). DOD has begun some cost-savings efforts...
Defense Planning: DOD Needs Specific Measures and Milestones to Gauge Progress of Preparations for Operational Access Challenges
GAO-14-801: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014.
The Army and Marine Corps are undertaking multiple efforts to address operational access challenges—challenges that impede a military force's ability to enter and conduct operations in an area—that impact a broad range of their existing missions. For example, they are incorporating operational access challenges into their wargames and revising their service concepts, which inform their assessm...
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...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Key Factors Contributing to BRAC 2005 Results
GAO-12-513T: Published: Mar 8, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 2012.
GAO identified several factors and challenges that contributed to the Department of Defenses (DOD) implementation of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 and the results achieved. In contrast to other BRAC rounds that were primarily focused on achieving savings by reducing excess infrastructure, the Secretary of Defense identified three goals for BRAC 2005. Specifically, BRAC 2005 was in...