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Defense Acquisitions: Issues to Be Considered as DOD Modernizes Its Fleet of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
GAO-11-83: Published: Nov 5, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 2010.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is acquiring two new tactical wheeled vehicles (TWV): the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The $12.5 billion M-ATV is for use in Afghanistan; JLTV is the future replacement for vehicles like the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). GAO was asked to assess (1) DOD's progres...
Defense Contracting: Enhanced Training Could Strengthen DOD's Best Value Tradeoff Decisions
GAO-11-8: Published: Oct 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2010.
The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated about $380 billion in fiscal year 2009 to acquire products and services. One approach DOD can take to evaluate offerors' proposals is the best value tradeoff process in which the relative importance of price varies compared to non-cost factors. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 required GAO to review DOD's use of the best value tr...
Defense Acquisitions: DOD Needs to Reassess Joint Cruise Missile Costs before Starting New Production Phase
GAO-11-112: Published: Oct 13, 2010. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 2010.
Over the past two and a half decades, the Department of Defense (DOD) has invested heavily to acquire a cruise missile capable of attacking ground targets stealthily, reliably, and affordably. After abandoning an earlier, more expensive missile and a joint service effort, the Air Force began producing the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) in 2001. After that, the program (1) encountere...
Joint Strike Fighter: Assessment of DOD's Funding Projection for the F136 Alternate Engine
GAO-10-1020R: Published: Sep 15, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2010.
The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program began in 1996 with an acquisition strategy that called for a competitive engine acquisition program. The program planned to first develop and procure the F135 primary engine and, with a few years lag time, develop the F136 second (or alternate) engine to compete with the F135 engine for future procurements and life-cycle support activities. The Department of...
Defense Planning: DOD Needs to Review the Costs and Benefits of Basing Alternatives for Army Forces in Europe
GAO-10-745R: Published: Sep 13, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2010.
Since the early 1990s, the Army has reduced its force presence in Europe by bringing troops and their families back to the United States and consolidating remaining forces and infrastructure at fewer locations. In 2004, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced an overseas basing strategy that called for further decreases of U.S. forces in Europe. As a result, the Army initiated actions to reduce...
University Research: Policies for the Reimbursement of Indirect Costs Need to Be Updated
GAO-10-937: Published: Sep 8, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2010.
In fiscal year 2007, the majority of the Department of Defense's (DOD) basic research obligations were provided to higher education institutions. DOD reimburses these institutions for both direct and indirect costs for research. Two federal agencies, DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), negotiate indirect cost rates used to reimburse higher education institutions for indirect...
Defense Acquisitions: Navy's Ability to Overcome Challenges Facing the Littoral Combat Ship Will Determine Eventual Capabilities
GAO-10-523: Published: Aug 31, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2010.
The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is envisioned as a reconfigurable vessel able to meet three missions: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. It consists of the ship (seaframe) and the mission package it carries and deploys. The Navy plans to invest over $25 billion through fiscal year 2035 to acquire LCS. However, recurring cost growth and schedule delays have jeo...
Tactical Aircraft: DOD's Ability to Meet Future Requirements Is Uncertain, with Key Analyses Needed to Inform Upcoming Investment Decisions
GAO-10-789: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2010.
From 2011 through 2015, DOD plans to spend over $336 billion to operate, maintain, modernize, and recapitalize its tactical air forces. Since DOD projects tactical aircraft inventory shortfalls over the next 15 years, it must effectively balance resources between an increasingly expensive Joint Strike Fighter program and the need to keep its legacy aircraft viable. GAO was asked to assess DOD's ta...
Defense Infrastructure: Army's Privatized Lodging Program Could Benefit from More Effective Planning
GAO-10-771: Published: Jul 30, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2010.
The Department of Defense (DOD) operates nearly 70,000 lodging rooms--similar to hotel rooms--and spent nearly $1 billion in 2009 to operate them. In 2002, Congress provided authority to privatize lodging facilities. Army privatized lodging at 10 installations in August 2009 and plans to privatize its remaining domestic facilities in the future. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Ye...
Defense Acquisitions: Guidance Needed on Navy's Use of Investment Incentives at Private Shipyards
GAO-10-686: Published: Jul 26, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2010.
As fiscal constraints increasingly shape Navy shipbuilding plans, the pressure to increase efficiency mounts. Modernizing facilities and equipment at shipyards that build Navy ships can lead to improved efficiency, ultimately reducing the cost of constructing ships. In response to a request from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, GAO (1) identified investments in facilities and equi...