Defense capabilities (51 - 60 of 125 items)
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...
Navy Working Capital Fund: Backlog of Funded Work at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Was Consistently Understated
GAO-03-668: Published: Jul 1, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2003.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has hundreds of millions of dollars of funded work that its working capital fund activities did not complete before the end of the fiscal year. Reducing the amount of workload carryover at fiscal year-end is a key factor in the effective management of Department of Defense (DOD) resources and in minimizing the "banking" of funds for work to be p...
Defense Budget: Improved Reviews Needed to Ensure Better Management of Obligated Funds
GAO-03-275: Published: Jan 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2003.
As of September 30, 2001, the Navy's operating appropriations had $2.1 billion in unliquidated--or unpaid--funds that were obligated during fiscal years 1997-99. Unliquidated obligations that are no longer needed to pay for goods and services tie up funds that could be used for other permissible purposes. In addition, inaccurate obligation data result in misstatement of budgetary information. Beca...
Defense Inventory: Improved Industrial Base Assessments for Army War Reserve Spares Could Save Money
GAO-02-650: Published: Jul 12, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2002.
The Army's approach to assessing wartime spare parts industrial base capability does not use current data from industry. Instead, the Army uses historical parts procurement data because its prior efforts to collect current data from industry were not successful due to poor response rates. GAO identified a program in the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) that has several attributes reflecting sound ma...
Depot Maintenance: Management Attention Required to Further Improve Workload Allocation Data
GAO-02-95: Published: Nov 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2001.
Federal law states that not more than 50 percent of annual depot maintenance funding can be used for work by private sector contractors. In an earlier report, GAO could not determine whether the Department of Defense (DOD) had complied with the 50-percent limitation. More recent GAO testimony highlighted continuing and pervasive weaknesses in DOD's financial management systems, operations, and con...
Chemical and Biological Defense: DOD Needs to Clarify Expectations in Medical Readiness
GAO-02-38: Published: Oct 19, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2001.
Public assessments by Department of Defense (DOD) officials have emphasized the seriousness of the military threat from chemical and biological (CB) weapons. However, neither DOD nor the services have systematically examined the adequacy of the current specialty mix of medical personnel for CB defense. Although some of the services have begun to review the adequacy of staffing of deployable medica...
Defense Management: Better Guidance Needed in Selecting Operating Methods for Name-Brand, Fast-Food Restaurants
GAO-01-683: Published: Aug 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 2001.
The military exchange services operate a wide range of retail activities, such as department stores, florist shops, barber and beauty shops, gas stations, and restaurants. Hamburger restaurants represent a major segment of the exchange services' name-brand, fast-food sales. The exchange services use either a direct or an indirect method to operate these restaurants. Under the direct method, the ex...
Chemical Weapons: FEMA and Army Must Be Proactive in Preparing States for Emergencies
GAO-01-850: Published: Aug 13, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2001.
Millions of people who live and work near eight Army storage facilities containing 30,000 tons of chemical agents are at risk of exposure from a chemical accident. In 1988, the Army established the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) to assist 10 states with communities near these eight storage facilities. The Army and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) share the...
Military Personnel: Longer Time Between Moves Related to Higher Satisfaction and Retention
GAO-01-841: Published: Aug 3, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2001.
About one-third of all military service members make permanent change of station (PCS) moves each year. These moves, which may involve the members' dependents and household goods, are a considerable cost to both the government and individual service members. Not all relocation and moving costs are covered by the government. Reimbursements are based on what property a member was authorized to move...
Military Transformation: Navy Efforts Should Be More Integrated and Focused
GAO-01-853: Published: Aug 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 2001.
With the end of the Cold War, national security strategies changed to meet new global challenges. The Navy developed a new strategic direction in the early 1990s, shifting its primary focus from open ocean "blue water" operations to littoral, or shallow water, operations closer to shore. GAO found that although the Navy has recently placed more emphasis on transformation, it does not have a well-d...