Military forces (51 - 60 of 693 items)
Army Reserve Components: Improvements Needed to Data Quality and Management Procedures to Better Report Soldier Availability
GAO-15-626: Published: Jul 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2015.
The Army reserve components do not have complete, accurate, and timely information to report soldiers' non-availability rates. In January 2015, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard reported overall non-availability rates of 22 and 21 percent, respectively. However, GAO analyzed a limited number of medical, training, and administrative availability-related variables for all 85,000 soldiers...
Defense Logistics: Improved Data and Information Sharing Could Aid in DOD's Management of Ammunition Categorized for Disposal
GAO-15-538: Published: Jul 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) maintains information on its excess, obsolete, and unserviceable conventional ammunition for the military services and shares this information on a limited basis with other government agencies, but its management of its conventional ammunition awaiting demilitarization and disposal (CAD) stockpile can be strengthened in two areas.The Army uses its Logistics Moderniz...
Military Personnel: DOD Is Expanding Combat Service Opportunities for Women, but Should Monitor Long-Term Integration Progress
GAO-15-589: Published: Jul 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2015.
The military services and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have opened selected positions and occupations to women since January 2013, as shown in the table below, and are determining whether to open the remaining closed positions and occupations. The services and SOCOM also are conducting studies to identify and mitigate potential integration challenges in areas such as unit cohesion, wome...
Defense Satellite Communications: DOD Needs Additional Information to Improve Procurements
GAO-15-459: Published: Jul 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) procurement of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM), or bandwidth, is fragmented and inefficient. Historically, commercial SATCOM was used to augment military capability, but DOD has become increasingly reliant on commercial SATCOM to support ongoing U.S. military operations. DOD policy requires all of its components to procure commercial SATCOM through th...
C-130 Force Structure: Air Force Addressed Statutory Elements in Its Report, but Decided Not to Transfer Certain Aircraft as Proposed
GAO-15-637R: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015.
GAO found that the Report on C-130 Force Structure addressed all of the required elements in section 138 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. For example, the report included an assessment of force structure in a six-year plan from fiscal years 2015 through 2020 for the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard...
Force Structure: Preliminary Observations on Air Force A-10 Divestment
GAO-15-698R: Published: Jun 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2015.
The Air Force A-10 fighter aircraft divestment decision came out of a strategy-based, portfolio-wide review of alternatives used to develop the budget at lower than previously anticipated levels. The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force strategic guidance prioritized, among other things, fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-35, readiness, and multirole aircraft, while placing a lower prior...
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...
Military Personnel: Army Needs a Requirement for Capturing Data and Clear Guidance on Use of Military for Civilian or Contractor Positions
GAO-15-349: Published: Jun 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2015.
The Army does not know the extent to which it used borrowed military personnel during fiscal years 2013 and 2014 because (1) it is unable to distinguish borrowed military personnel from the larger category of special duty personnel in its monthly special duty reports and (2) the Army did not collect complete and accurate data on special duty use through its reporting mechanisms at that time. In ad...
DOD Operational Testing: Oversight Has Resulted in Few Significant Disputes and Limited Program Cost and Schedule Increases
GAO-15-503: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2015.
The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) provided oversight for 454 Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition programs from fiscal years 2010-2014. Military service officials identified 42 programs from that period that they believed had significant disputes with DOT&E over operational testing—that is, disputes that may have led to cost and schedule impacts for programs. Operational t...
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...