Defense capabilities (51 - 60 of 1,160 items)
Defense Logistics: DOD Has Addressed Most Reporting Requirements and Continues to Refine Its Asset Visibility Strategy
GAO-16-88: Published: Dec 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD's) 2014 Strategy for Improving DOD Asset Visibility ( Strategy) and accompanying implementation plans fully address 6 of the 11 statutory elements required by the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and partially address the remaining 5. For example, the Strategy fully addressed asset visibility goals and objectives, and roles and responsibil...
Defense Health Care: Research on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
GAO-16-154: Published: Dec 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2015.
GAO identified 32 peer-reviewed, published articles on research about the use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), most of which were focused solely on TBI (29 articles). The 32 articles consisted of 7 case reports (reports on the treatment of individuals), 10 literature reviews (reviews of studies), and 15 articles...
Littoral Combat Ship: Knowledge of Survivability and Lethality Capabilities Needed Prior to Making Major Funding Decisions
GAO-16-201: Published: Dec 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2015.
The lethality and survivability of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is still largely unproven, 6 years after delivery of the lead ships. LCS was designed with reduced requirements as compared to other surface combatants, and the Navy has since lowered several survivability and lethality requirements and removed several design features—making the ship both less survivable in its expected threat env...
Operational Contract Support: Additional Actions Needed to Manage, Account for, and Vet Defense Contractors in Africa
GAO-16-105: Published: Dec 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2015.
U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has established a formal operational contract support (OCS) organizational structure at its headquarters to serve as the central coordination point to manage, plan for, and assess OCS. However, except for U.S. Army Africa, AFRICOM's subordinate commands do not have OCS organizational structures with dedicated personnel to manage OCS. Officials from AFRICOM's subordina...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: Actions Needed to Guide Planning Efforts and Improve Workforce Capability
GAO-16-80: Published: Dec 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has increased the size of its acquisition workforce from about 126,000 in September 2008 to about 153,000 in March 2015. The growth was accomplished by hiring additional civilian personnel, insourcing work previously performed by contractors, adding more military personnel, and re-categorizing existing positions. However, 6 of the 13 acquisition career fields, inclu...
Defense Transportation: DOD Needs to Improve the Evaluation of Safety and Performance Information for Carriers Transporting Security-Sensitive Materials
GAO-16-82: Published: Dec 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) use of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) safety performance information does not fully result in sufficient and reliable information to evaluate the safety performance of individual commercial motor carriers that transport security-sensitive materials under the Transportation Protective Service (TPS) program. DOT uses data from roadside inspections, crash i...
Nuclear Weapons Sustainment: Improvements Made to Budget Estimates Report, but Opportunities Remain to Further Enhance Transparency
GAO-16-23: Published: Dec 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2015.
The fiscal year 2016 joint report, submitted to Congress by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) in April 2015, includes 10-year budget estimates for sustaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons. These estimates are generally consistent with the departments' internal funding and modernization plans—with some exceptions. GAO could not fully verify that DOD's comma...
Bulk Fuel Pricing: DOD Needs to Take Additional Actions to Establish a More Reliable Methodology
GAO-16-78R: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) adjusted its methodology for developing the standard fuel price for fiscal year 2016 in order to develop a more precise estimate, but the new methodology does not reflect actual market conditions or fully account for risks to the reliability of its fuel cost estimate. In July 2014, GAO found that DOD had not updated its approach to establish the standard price for f...
DOD Manufacturing Arsenals: Actions Needed to Identify and Sustain Critical Capabilities
GAO-16-86: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
Since 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) has taken various actions to assign work to its three manufacturing arsenals—Pine Bluff Arsenal, Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, and Watervliet Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center—in an attempt to generate sufficient revenue to recover operating expenses following a significant decline in demand for materi...
Military Recruiting: Army National Guard Needs to Continue Monitoring, Collect Better Data, and Assess Incentives Programs
GAO-16-36: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
The Army National Guard (ARNG) has taken steps to increase oversight of its recruiting process primarily conducted by recruiters dispersed at the state-level but has not established a permanent program to monitor state-level recruiting activities. In June 2014, the ARNG created a Recruiting Standards Branch that has started to conduct inspections of state offices. The Recruiting Standards branch c...