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Defense Logistics: Marine Corps and Army Reset Liability Estimates
GAO-15-569R: Published: Jun 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2015.
The Marine Corps and Army has each developed its own process for producing reset liability estimates, which are the amount of funding that may be required by a service to reset—i.e., repair, recapitalize, and replace—equipment returning from operations, thereby returning the equipment to combat ready condition. According to department officials, there is no Department of Defense (DOD) guidance...
Navy Force Structure: Sustainable Plan and Comprehensive Assessment Needed to Mitigate Long-Term Risks to Ships Assigned to Overseas Homeports
GAO-15-329: Published: May 29, 2015. Publicly Released: May 29, 2015.
Homeporting ships overseas considerably increases the forward presence— U.S. naval forces in overseas operating areas—that the Navy's existing fleet provides and has other near-term benefits such as rapid crisis response, but incurs higher operations and support costs when compared to U.S.-homeported ships. GAO found that casualty reports—incidents of degraded or out-of-service equipment—h...
Army Force Structure: Observations about Aviation Restructuring and Other Relevant Force Structure Challenges
D10389: May 20, 2015
Over the past decade GAO has completed a number of reviews evaluating Army force structure, ranging from the service's multi-billion dollar modular force transformation initiated in 2004 to the recently approved Army Aviation Restructuring Initiative, a multi-year undertaking that would reduce the size of the Army's aviation force and rebalance its capabilities by removing all AH-64 attack helicop...
Force Structure: Army's Analyses of Aviation Alternatives
GAO-15-430R: Published: Apr 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2015.
In October 2013, the Army Chief of Staff approved the Aviation Restructuring Initiative that would seek to save an estimated $1 billion annually by reducing the Army’s end strength, retiring three older types of helicopters, and removing all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the reserve component. In January 2014, the National Guard Bureau (Bureau) announced an alternative proposal that retains Apac...
KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Key Aerial Refueling Capabilities Should Be Demonstrated Prior to the Production Decision
GAO-15-308: Published: Apr 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2015.
The KC-46 acquisition cost estimate has declined by about 5.4 percent from $51.7 billion to $48.9 billion since February 2011 and the program is on track to meet performance goals. Most of the estimated cost decline is due to fewer than expected engineering changes and changes in military construction plans.Changes in Total Program Acquisition Costs for the KC-46 Tanker AircraftThen-year dollars i...
Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs
GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) could not provide sufficiently reliable data for GAO to determine the number, total cost, or performance of DOD's current acquisition category (ACAT) II and III programs. These non-major programs range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars. GAO found th...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness
GAO-15-210R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken steps in-line with GAO best practices to improve its cost estimating practices including:releasing an internal cost estimating handbook,performing internal cost reviews,assembling an independent cost assessment team, andreceiving independent cost estimates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program...
Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs More Guidance on Decisions to Store Satellites
GAO-15-97R: Published: Dec 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 9, 2014.
Currently, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) general approach is to launch satellites as soon as they are built. Program offices handle storage on a case-by-case basis based on mission needs and production and launch schedules. Over the last 5 years, DOD generally decided to use storage when satellites on orbit were lasting longer than expected and thereby pushed out the originally planned launc...
Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier: Congress Should Consider Revising Cost Cap Legislation to Include All Construction Costs
GAO-15-22: Published: Nov 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2014.
The extent to which the lead Ford-class ship, CVN 78, will be delivered by its current March 2016 delivery date and within the Navy's $12.9 billion estimate is dependent on the Navy's plan to defer work and costs to the post-delivery period. Lagging construction progress as well as ongoing issues with key technologies further exacerbate an already compressed schedule and create further cost and sc...