National security (51 - 60 of 60 items)
Reducing the Cost of Weapons Acquisitions
125858: Dec 18, 1984
GAO discussed the reduction in the costs of weapons systems acquisition. The Department of Defense (DOD) is initiating steps to identify and solve cost problems, but there continue to be serious structural problems in the acquisition process. Analyzing the historical relationship between budgetary projections in DOD 5-year plans and the obligations ultimately incurred shows that the plans have con...
Partial Videotape Erasure of 1982 Air Force Thunderbirds Crash
NSIAD-84-153: Published: Sep 10, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO investigated the facts surrounding the partial videotape erasure of the fatal aircraft accident involving four Air Force Thunderbirds during an aerial practice in 1982.GAO found that, to protect the tape from unauthorized disclosure, only two copies were made; these were turned over to an Air Force official. After the initial Air Force investigation into th...
Evaluation of Whether the Air Force Improperly Denied Solicitation Packages to Chem-Fab Corporation
NSIAD-84-146: Published: Aug 8, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 7, 1984.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO determined whether an Air Force activity violated defense acquisition regulations and federal law by denying solicitation packages to a small business contractor.GAO found that the Air Force would ordinarily have sent solicitation packages to the firm upon request, but did not in eight instances because of staff shortages and an unusually large volume of req...
Excess Navy Ships Sold to Foreign Countries at Understated Prices
NSIAD-84-7: Published: Apr 12, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1984.
GAO reviewed Navy policies and procedures for selling excess ships to foreign countries.GAO found that the 11 ships sold during 1981 and 1982 were not priced in accordance with Navy guidelines which require that ships be sold at the higher of fair or scrap value. By using scrap value to set prices for eight of the sales, the Navy did not: (1) include the amount spent to upgrade the ships while the...
Information on the Military Services' Enlisted Aide Program
NSIAD-84-12: Published: Oct 11, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the use of enlisted aides by the military services.Enlisted aides have always been provided to U.S. officers to relieve them of minor duties. However, present law prohibits Army and Air Force officers from using enlisted members as servants and Navy and Marine Corps officers from using enlisted members in onshore quarters as cooks...
Allegations Concerning the Construction and Acceptance of the Gymnasium at Grafenwoehr, West Germany
NSIAD-83-15: Published: Aug 5, 1983. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined selected aspects of the construction and the Army's acceptance of a gymnasium at Grafenwoehr, West Germany. Concern had been expressed that the Army accepted the facility without a proper inspection and that the Army may have paid for construction that did not meet contract specifications.GAO found that: (1) the Army accepted the gymnasium only...
Improved Analysis Needed To Evaluate DOD's Proposed Long-Term Leases of Capital Equipment
PLRD-83-84: Published: Jun 28, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1983.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the practices and procedures which are followed by the government in its long-term leasing of capital equipment. GAO limited its review to those long-term leasing programs which the Navy and the Air Force have announced for noncombatant auxiliary cargo and tanker ships and trainer and Tanker Transport Bomber aircraft.GAO found that, contrary to the...
Navy's F/A-18 Program Faces Budget Concerns and Performance Limitations as Aircraft Enter the Fleet
MASAD-83-28: Published: Jun 10, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Navy's F/A-18 strike-fighter program in connection with F/A-18 funding practices, performance problems, and fleet introduction. GAO was asked to determine: (1) the amount of F/A-18 support funds used to finance budget shortfalls and overruns and the operational effect of this financing practice on the Navy's ability to adequately support th...
The Army's Award of a Contract for Power Supply Units Under the Authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(a)(16)
PLRD-83-53: Published: Mar 15, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the price differential between establishing another source and using an existing source to produce power supply units for conventional ammunition.GAO found that, under existing legislation or regulation, there is no cost limit or ceiling for the establishment of a second source to provide power supply units for mobilization base purposes. Legisl...
Award of Contracts to Arcata Associates, Inc.
114864: Apr 7, 1981
GAO reviewed the award of a Section 8(a) contract to Arcata Associates, Inc. by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Under its Pilot Program Authority, SBA reserved the Army's Combat Development Experimentation Command (CDEC) requirement for Arcata. BDM Services Company (BDM) complained that the CDEC reservation should be withdrawn because the proposed award would be contrary to statutory and...