Defense procurement (31 - 40 of 110 items)
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...
Use of Legislative Incentive for Performance-Based Contracting Unknown
GAO-03-674R: Published: May 22, 2003. Publicly Released: May 22, 2003.
The Department of Defense (DOD) spent about $93 billion in fiscal year 2002 to acquire various types of services, such as base operations, logistical support, and information technology. To achieve greater cost savings and better outcomes when agencies acquire these and other services, Congress and the executive branch have encouraged greater use of performance-based contracting. Performance-based...
DOD Systems Modernization: Continued Investment in the Standard Procurement System Has Not Been Justified
GAO-01-682: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to contract for goods and services by acquiring and implementing a standard procurement system (SPS). DOD's management of SPS is a lesson in how not to justify, make, and monitor the implementation of information technology investment decisions. Specifically, DOD has not (1) ensured that accountability and responsibility for measuring p...
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...
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 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...
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...
Contract Management: No DOD Proposal to Improve Contract Service Costs Reporting
GAO-01-295: Published: Feb 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2001.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has not developed a proposal to improve the accuracy of the reporting of contract service costs. Without accurate and reliable information, Congress cannot effectively use the information reported for DOD in the President's budget as it drafts and passes laws that affect spending. Last year, DOD agreed to develop a proposal to resolve this problem. GAO was told rece...
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...
DOD Competitive Sourcing: Results of A-76 Studies Over the Past 5 Years
GAO-01-20: Published: Dec 7, 2000. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2000.
The Department of Defense (DOD) reported on its Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 studies in July 2000. GAO found that DOD generally complied with the reporting requirements that Congress had imposed on it. DOD took steps to ensure that the information it provided on 286 A-76 studies was complete and accurate. GAO determined that the information was generally consistent with data it ha...