Defense capabilities (61 - 70 of 125 items)
Military Readiness: Management Focus Needed on Airfields for Overseas Deployments
GAO-01-566: Published: Jun 14, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 2001.
The National Military Strategy calls for the Department of Defense (DOD) to maintain the transportation capability to quickly move the large amounts of personnel and equipment needed to win two nearly simultaneous major theater wars anywhere in the world. To provide this mobility, DOD relies on a transportation system--the En Route System (ERS)--that includes an airlift fleet of cargo aircraft and...
Defense Acquisition: Comanche Program Objectives Need to Be Revised to More Achievable Levels
GAO-01-450: Published: Jun 7, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2001.
As of August 1, 1999, the Army's Comanche helicopter program faced significant risks related to cost overruns, scheduling delays, and degraded performance. GAO concluded that proceeding to the next development phase with high levels of uncertainty was not in accordance with best practices followed by successful commercial firms. This report evaluates changes since 1999 in the Comanche's cost, sche...
Defense Inventory: Approach for Deciding Whether to Retain or Dispose of Items Needs Improvement
GAO-01-475: Published: May 25, 2001. Publicly Released: May 25, 2001.
As of September 1999, the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that it owned secondary inventory worth about $64 billion and that $9.4 billion of that inventory is more economical to retain than to dispose of and possibly repurchase later. This report focuses on whether DOD's economic retention decisions are sound. GAO found that military components (other than the Air Force) have developed models...
Land Mine Detection: DOD's Research Program Needs a Comprehensive Evaluation Strategy
GAO-01-239: Published: Apr 17, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2001.
Recent U.S. military operations have shown that land mines continue to pose a significant threat to U.S. forces. U.S. land mine detection capabilities are limited and largely unchanged since the Second World War. Improving the Department of Defense's (DOD) land mine detection capability is a technological challenge This report reviews DOD's strategy for identifying the most promising land mine det...
Army Training: Improvements Are Needed in 5-Ton Truck Driver Training and Supervision
GAO-01-436: Published: Apr 11, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2001.
Instructor shortages are affecting the quality and quantity of Army truck driver training. Fort Leonard Wood, which trains about 90 percent of truck drivers, is especially affected by the instructor shortage. The result is that student drivers are not fully trained in all aspects of the instruction program when they graduate. If formal schools had enough instructors, they would presumably be able...
Kosovo Air Operations: Army Resolving Lessons Learned Regarding the Apache Helicopter
GAO-01-401: Published: Mar 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2001.
The Army deployed its team, called Task Force Hawk, to participate in a Kosovo combat operation known as Operation Allied Force. This report (1) examines how Task Force Hawk's concept of operation compared to Army and joint doctrine, (2) reviews the lessons learned identified from the operation and determines the status of actions to address those lessons, and (3) examines the extent to which the...
Defense Acquisitions: Space-Based Infrared System-low at Risk of Missing Initial Deployment Date
GAO-01-6: Published: Feb 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2001.
The Pentagon considers defenses to counter attacks from ballistic missiles, both long-range strategic and shorter-range theater missiles, to be critical to U.S. national security. The Air Force is developing a new satellite system, called Space-Based Infrared System-low (SBIRS-low) to expand the military's infrared satellite capabilities for supporting ballistic missile defenses. GAO reviewed the...
Depot Maintenance: Key Financial Issues for Consolidations at Pearl Harbor and Elsewhere Are Still Unresolved
GAO-01-19: Published: Jan 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2001.
In 1998, the Navy consolidated the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Hawaii. Because of concerns about some aspects of the consolidation, the Navy began a test project, commonly called the Pearl Harbor pilot, to determine if integrating the management, operations, and funding of the shipyard and the intermediate maintenance facility can result in greate...
Defense Acquisitions: Need to Confirm Requirements for $4.1 Billion Antiarmor Missile System
GAO-01-74: Published: Dec 5, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 2000.
Several factors call into question the cost effectiveness of the Army's plan to spend $4.1 billion to acquire large quantities of the submunition and missile systems. These factors include (1) major reductions and changes in the armor threat (2) a substantial overmatch in existing and planned antiarmor capabilities (3) the system's high cost (4) the Army's plans for a major transformation of its f...
Defense Inventory: Most Excess Property in Panama Was Disposed of Properly, but Some Control Weaknesses Existed
GAO-01-32: Published: Nov 9, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2000.
The Panama Canal Treaty called for the United States to transfer control over the Panama Canal to Panama and withdraw U.S. military forces and equipment from Panama. The treaty allowed the U.S. government to remove or dispose of all equipment and supplies acquired by U.S. forces. U.S. plans for withdrawal from Panama required excess property to be processed using disposal procedures that gave the...