Air Force bases (1 - 10 of 74 items)
C-130 Force Structure: Air Force Addressed Statutory Elements in Its Report, but Decided Not to Transfer Certain Aircraft as Proposed
GAO-15-637R: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015.
GAO found that the Report on C-130 Force Structure addressed all of the required elements in section 138 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. For example, the report included an assessment of force structure in a six-year plan from fiscal years 2015 through 2020 for the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard...
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Actions Needed to Improve DOD Pilot Training
GAO-15-461: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The Army and the Air Force face challenges ensuring that the pilots who remotely operate their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) complete their required training. Specifically, a March 2015 Army review showed that most pilots in certain Army units did not complete fundamental training tasks in fiscal year 2014—a finding that GAO corroborated through discussions with pilots in focus groups and unit r...
Clear Air Force Station: Air Force Reviewed Costs and Benefits of Several Options before Deciding to Close the Power Plant
GAO-14-550: Published: May 12, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014.
The Air Force's decision to close the existing power plant at Clear Air Force Station is based, in part, on a 2010 study examining the feasibility of implementing alternative power sources at the installation in order to reduce operating costs while ensuring reliable power for the installation's mission. This study, along with other associated studies and analyses, initially led the Air Force to p...
Air Force: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Unmanned Aerial System Pilots
GAO-14-316: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2014.
The Air Force has managed its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots using some strategic human-capital approaches, such as planning for the different levels of experience that it needs in these pilots. However, it continues to face challenges. High-performing organizations manage human capital to identify the right number of personnel and to target the right sources to fill personnel needs. In 20...
Defense Infrastructure: Communities Need Additional Guidance and Information to Improve Their Ability to Adjust to DOD Installation Closure or Growth
GAO-13-436: Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 21 communities surrounding the 23 Department of Defense (DOD) installations closed in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round have used strategies such as forming a local redevelopment authority and seeking federal grants to deal with the closures. Some economic data for these communities are comparable to national averages, with some variation. For instance, GAO found that 52 perce...
Air Force Electronic Systems Center: Reorganization Resulted in Workforce Reassignments at Hanscom Air Force Base, but Other Possible Effects Are Not Yet Known
GAO-13-366: Published: Apr 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 2013.
The reorganization of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) affected reporting chains of command and workforce composition for some offices at Hanscom Air Force Base, but did not change how former components of the Electronic Systems Center (ESC) at Hanscom carry out their acquisition mission. Personnel in functional offices who provide technical services previously reported to the locally-based E...
Fighter Aircraft: Better Cost Estimates Needed for Extending the Service Life of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s
GAO-13-51: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Air Force plans to upgrade and extend the service life of 300 F-16 aircraft and the Navy 150 F/A-18 aircraft, at a combined cost estimated at almost $5 billion in fiscal year 2013 dollars.The Air Force plans to extend the service life of selected F-16s by 2,000 flying hours each as well as install capability upgrades such as an improved radar. The Air Force estimates that it will complete this...
DOD Joint Bases: Management Improvements Needed to Achieve Greater Efficiencies
GAO-13-134: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has not developed or implemented a plan to guide joint bases in achieving cost savings and efficiencies. The Department of Defense (DOD) originally estimated saving $2.3 billion from joint basing over 20 years, but in the absence of a plan to drive savings, that estimate has fallen by almost 90 percent. OSD also does not yet have a fully developed metho...
Warfighter Support: DOD Should Improve Development of Camouflage Uniforms and Enhance Collaboration Among the Services
GAO-12-707: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
The military services have a degree of discretion regarding whether and how to apply Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition guidance for their uniform development and they varied in their usage of that guidance. As a result, the services had fragmented procedures for managing their uniform development programs, and did not consistently develop effective camouflage uniforms. GAO identified two key...
Defense Management: Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Force's Food Transformation Initiative
GAO-11-676: Published: Jul 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2011.
To assess quality of life and identify areas for improvement, the Air Force conducts periodic surveys of its airmen. Recent surveys indicted that many of them were not satisfied with the quality, variety, and availability of food at Air Force bases. As a result, the Air Force implemented an initiative in 2010--the Food Transformation Initiative--to improve on-base food services. The Air Force pilo...