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Future Years Defense Program: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency of DOD's Projected Resource Needs
GAO-04-514: Published: May 7, 2004. Publicly Released: May 7, 2004.
Congress needs the best available data about DOD's resource tradeoffs between the dual priorities of transformation and fighting the global war on terrorism. To help shape its priorities, in 2001 DOD developed a capabilities-based approach focused on how future adversaries might fight, and a risk management framework to ensure that current defense needs are balanced against future requirements. Be...
Missile Defense: Actions Are Needed to Enhance Testing and Accountability
GAO-04-409: Published: Apr 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2004.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has treated ballistic missile defense as a priority since the mid-1980s and has invested tens of billions of dollars to research and develop such capabilities. In 2002 two key events transformed DOD's approach in this area: (1) the Secretary of Defense consolidated existing missile defense elements into a single acquisition program and placed them under the manageme...
Defense Infrastructure: Long-term Challenges in Managing the Military Construction Program
GAO-04-288: Published: Feb 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2004.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) military construction program provides funding for construction projects in the United States and overseas, and funds most base realignment and closure costs. Recent Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) estimates indicate that it would cost as much as $164 billion to improve facilities to a level that would meet the department's goals. GAO was asked to report...
Information Technology: Improvements Needed in the Reliability of Defense Budget Submissions
GAO-04-115: Published: Dec 19, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2003.
The Department of Defense (DOD) spends more on information technology (IT) annually than any other department or agency, accounting for about half of the $59 billion governmentwide IT budget in fiscal year 2004. It is thus important that consistent, accurate, and complete DOD IT budget information is available to the Congress and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) so that they can make info...
Military Transformation: The Army and OSD Met Legislative Requirements for First Stryker Brigade Design Evaluation, but Issues Remain for Future Brigades
GAO-04-188: Published: Dec 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2003.
The Army continues to transform units, known as Stryker brigades, into lighter, rapidly deployable, and more capable forces. Because Stryker brigades are an entirely new design, the fiscal year 2002 National Defense Authorization Act required the Army to conduct an evaluation of the design, to include deployment of the brigade and execution of combat missions across the full spectrum of potential...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs More Effective Controls to Better Assess the Progress of the Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program
GAO-04-86: Published: Nov 13, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2003.
The Department of Defense (DOD) uses the Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) program to reenlist military personnel in critical specialties. In fiscal years 1997-2003, the program budget rose 138 percent, from $308 million to $734 million. In fiscal year 2003, the House Appropriations Committee directed the Secretary of Defense to reassess program efficiency and report on five concerns: (1) how eff...
Military Operations: Fiscal Year 2003 Obligations Are Substantial, but May Result in Less Obligations Than Expected
GAO-03-1088: Published: Sep 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2003.
The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)--principally involving operations in Afghanistan and Iraq--is being funded in fiscal year 2003 by Congress's appropriation of almost $69 billion, including almost $16 billion in a transfer fund called the Iraqi Freedom Fund. To assist Congress in its oversight of funding for GWOT, GAO examined the obligation of GWOT funds and the implications for additional fundi...
Challenges and Risks Associated with the Joint Tactical Radio System Program
GAO-03-879R: Published: Aug 11, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2003.
The recent emergence of software-defined radio technology offers the potential to address key communications shortfalls and significantly improve military capabilities. The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program was initiated in 1997 to develop and apply this technology and to bring together separate service-led programs into a joint software-defined radio development effort. JTRS radios are i...
Nuclear Weapons: Opportunities Exist to Improve the Budgeting, Cost Accounting, and Management Associated with the Stockpile Life Extension Program
GAO-03-583: Published: Jul 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 2003.
As a separately organized agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administers the Stockpile Life Extension Program, whose purpose is to extend, through refurbishment, the operational lives of the weapons in the nuclear stockpile. NNSA encountered significant management problems with its first refurbishment. NNSA has begun three additional l...
Defense Infrastructure: Basing Uncertainties Necessitate Reevaluation of U.S. Construction Plans in South Korea
GAO-03-643: Published: Jul 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2003.
The U.S.-South Korean Land Partnership Plan (LPP), signed in March 2002, was designed to consolidate U.S. installations, improve combat readiness, enhance public safety, and strengthen the U.S.-South Korean alliance by addressing some of the causes of periodic tension associated with the U.S. presence in South Korea. The Senate report on military construction appropriations for fiscal year 2003 di...