Defense capabilities (101 - 110 of 1,161 items)
Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Navy Needs to Demonstrate Match between Its Requirements and Available Resources
GAO-15-374: Published: May 4, 2015. Publicly Released: May 4, 2015.
Since our last review in September 2013, the intended mission and required capabilities of the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system have come into question. Ongoing debate about whether the primary role of the UCLASS system should be mainly surveillance with limited strike or mainly strike with limited surveillance has delayed the program, as shown in t...
Yemen: DOD Should Improve Accuracy of Its Data on Congressional Clearance of Projects as It Reevaluates Counterterrorism Assistance
GAO-15-493: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2015.
Since fiscal year 2009, the Department of Defense (DOD) has disbursed almost $256 million of the $401 million allocated to Yemen under the Section 1206 and 1207(n) security assistance programs, while the Department of State (State) has committed $34 million of the $95 million allocated under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program. In light of Yemen's currently unstable situation, security as...
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...
Defense Inventory: Services Generally Have Reduced Excess Inventory, but Additional Actions Are Needed
GAO-15-350: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 2015.
The Navy and Air Force reported meeting the Department of Defense's (DOD) goal of reducing on-hand excess inventory (i.e., items categorized for potential reuse or disposal) to 10 percent of the total value of inventory, but the Army had not met the goal, as of March 2014. Reporting issues hinder full visibility of on-hand excess inventory and progress against DOD's goal. For example,the Army's ca...
Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges
GAO-15-392R: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
In the past year the acquisition program for a new presidential helicopter, known as VH-92A, continued to make progress by establishing a knowledge-based business case for entry into system development that included an approved cost, schedule and performance baseline. GAO found that the program's actions were substantively in line with acquisition best practices. The Navy, which is responsible for...
Military Personnel: Actions Needed to Address Sexual Assaults of Male Servicemembers
GAO-15-284: Published: Mar 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has taken steps to address sexual assaults of servicemembers generally, but it has not used all of its data, such as analyses that show significantly fewer male servicemembers than females reporting when they are sexually assaulted, to inform program decision making. In 2014, DOD data show that 1,180 males and 4,104 females reported a sexual assault to DOD. GAO's an...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Process for Reusing Property for Homeless Assistance Needs Improvements
GAO-15-274: Published: Mar 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015.
A variety of homeless assistance was provided as a result of the 2005 round of base realignments and closures (BRAC), but the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) do not require homeless assistance conveyance data to be tracked. Of the 125 large and small bases closed with surplus property, local redevelopment authorities (LRA) at 39 bases agreed to provide homeless...
Operational Contract Support: Actions Needed to Enhance the Collection, Integration, and Sharing of Lessons Learned
GAO-15-243: Published: Mar 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) geographic combatant commands are improving efforts to collect operational contract support (OCS) issues from operations and exercises needed to develop lessons learned, but the military services are generally not collecting them. Currently, four of the six geographic combatant commands—U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. S...
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 Logistics: Improvements Needed to Accurately Assess the Performance of DOD's Materiel Distribution Pipeline
GAO-15-226: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
To measure the performance of its global distribution pipeline, the Department of Defense (DOD) has established three metrics:(1) logistics response time—number of days between the time a customer submits an order and receives it, (2) customer wait time—number of days between the time a maintenance unit, a subset of customers, submits an order and receives it, and (3) time-definite delivery—...