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Defense Headquarters: DOD Needs to Reevaluate Its Approach for Managing Resources Devoted to the Functional Combatant Commands
GAO-14-439: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO analysis of the resources devoted to the Department of Defense's (DOD) functional combatant commands shows substantial increases in authorized positions and costs to support headquarters operations. Specifically, the number of authorized positions across the commands grew from 5,731 in fiscal year 2004 to 10,515 in fiscal year 2013. According to DOD officials, recent and emerging missions...
Defense Acquisitions: Assessment of Institute for Defense Analyses' C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Analysis
GAO-14-547R: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014.
The 2013 study conducted by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is comprised of two key components: (1) its estimate of the costs of the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and two reduced scope alternatives referred to as Options A and B, which offer fewer avionics upgrades than AMP and, unlike AMP, would both require a navigator in the cockpit: and (2) its assessment of the operation...
Clear Air Force Station: Air Force Reviewed Costs and Benefits of Several Options before Deciding to Close the Power Plant
GAO-14-550: Published: May 12, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014.
The Air Force's decision to close the existing power plant at Clear Air Force Station is based, in part, on a 2010 study examining the feasibility of implementing alternative power sources at the installation in order to reduce operating costs while ensuring reliable power for the installation's mission. This study, along with other associated studies and analyses, initially led the Air Force to p...
Defense Contracting: Early Attention in the Acquisition Process Needed to Enhance Competition
GAO-14-395: Published: May 5, 2014. Publicly Released: May 5, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) competition rate for all contract obligations declined over the past 5 fiscal years from 62 percent in fiscal year 2009 to 57 percent in fiscal year 2013, but remained flat for the past 2 years. In fiscal year 2013, the Army had the highest competition rate, 66 percent, while the Missile Defense Agency had the lowest competition rate, 29 percent. The 14 justificat...
Ballistic Missile Defense: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities
GAO-14-314: Published: Apr 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) met the presidentially announced time frame to deploy initial ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in Europe under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) but did not fully identify and plan to resolve implementation issues before deployment. As a result, DOD experienced implementation issues, such as incomplete construction of housing facilities for so...
Military Capabilities: Navy Should Reevaluate Its Plan to Decommission the USS Port Royal
GAO-14-336: Published: Apr 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2014.
The Navy's 2013 report to Congress on the Port Royal 's material condition partially addressed congressional reporting requirements but has likely overstated modernization costs should the ship be retained in service. While the Navy acknowledges that it did not obtain an independent structural assessment as required by one of the mandates, the Navy found the condition of the ship to be comparabl...
Defense Infrastructure: Army Has a Process to Manage Litigation Costs for the Military Housing Privatization Initiative
GAO-14-327: Published: Apr 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2014.
The Army has a standard process to manage litigation costs of its Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) projects that are not accounted for in the annual budget process. Army officials indicated that there is one case between four Army MHPI projects and Pinnacle Property Management (Pinnacle) that met the dollar threshold criteria and that would have been approved through this process....
Space Acquisitions: Acquisition Management Continues to Improve but Challenges Persist for Current and Future Programs
GAO-14-382T: Published: Mar 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2014.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite acquisition programs are in later stages of acquisition, with the initial satellites having been designed, produced, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. A few other major space programs, however, have recently experienced setbacks. For example: the Missile Defense Agency's Precision Tra...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Air Force Business System Schedule and Cost Estimates
GAO-14-152: Published: Feb 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2014.
The Air Force's schedule that supported the February 2012 Milestone B decision for the Defense Enterprise Accounting and Management System (DEAMS) did not meet best practices. The cost estimate did meet best practices, but the issues associated with the schedule could negatively affect the cost estimate. GAO found that the schedule supporting the Air Force's decision to invest in DEAMS partially o...
Human Capital: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve DOD's Methodology for Estimating the Costs of Its Workforces
GAO-13-792: Published: Sep 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has improved its methodology for estimating and comparing the full cost to the taxpayer of work performed by military and civilian personnel and contractor support, but the methodology continues to have certain limitations. Best practices state that cost estimating rules should include a common set of standards that minimize conflicts in definitions, but DOD's metho...