Defense cost control (51 - 60 of 850 items)
Missile Defense: Opportunity to Refocus on Strengthening Acquisition Management
GAO-13-604T: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made some recent progress gaining important knowledge for its Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) by successfully conducting several important tests. In addition, the agency made substantial improvements to the clarity of its cost and schedule baselines since first reporting them in 2010, and declared the first major deployment...
Space Acquisitions: DOD Is Overcoming Long-Standing Problems, but Faces Challenges to Ensuring Its Investments Are Optimized
GAO-13-508T: Published: Apr 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2013.
Most of the Department of Defense's (DOD) major satellite programs are in mature phases of development, that is, the initial satellites have been designed, fabricated, and launched into orbit while additional satellites of the same design are being produced. For the portfolio of major satellite programs, new cost and schedule growth is not as widespread as it was in prior years, but DOD is still e...
Afghanistan Drawdown Preparations: DOD Decision Makers Need Additional Analyses to Determine Costs and Benefits of Returning Excess Equipment
GAO-13-185R: Published: Dec 19, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 19, 2012.
In summary,The military services and DOD agencies have applied some, but not all, of the relevant lessons learned from the Iraq drawdown to their planning for equipment reductions in Afghanistan. For example, the drawdown from Iraq demonstrated the importance of early planning for equipment drawdown, and the military services have already issued guidance and orders outlining the processes and proc...
Defense Management: Opportunities Exist to Improve Information Used in Monitoring Status of Efficiency Initiatives
GAO-13-105R: Published: Dec 4, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 4, 2012.
The military departments and SOCOM have taken various steps to track the implementation of their efficiency initiatives. For example, prior to or during fiscal year 2012, they identified necessary programmatic actions to implement initiatives and began to carry out these actions, such as reassigning personnel from organizations being consolidated and terminating weapon system programs. They also s...
DOD Joint Bases: Management Improvements Needed to Achieve Greater Efficiencies
GAO-13-134: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has not developed or implemented a plan to guide joint bases in achieving cost savings and efficiencies. The Department of Defense (DOD) originally estimated saving $2.3 billion from joint basing over 20 years, but in the absence of a plan to drive savings, that estimate has fallen by almost 90 percent. OSD also does not yet have a fully developed metho...
Warfighter Support: DOD Should Improve Development of Camouflage Uniforms and Enhance Collaboration Among the Services
GAO-12-707: Published: Sep 28, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2012.
The military services have a degree of discretion regarding whether and how to apply Department of Defense (DOD) acquisition guidance for their uniform development and they varied in their usage of that guidance. As a result, the services had fragmented procedures for managing their uniform development programs, and did not consistently develop effective camouflage uniforms. GAO identified two key...
Prepositioned Materiel and Equipment: DOD Would Benefit from Developing Strategic Guidance and Improving Joint Oversight
GAO-12-916R: Published: Sep 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2012.
DOD's fiscal year 2011 report partly addressed the required reporting elements and omitted some additional information that, while not required by law, would be useful for congressional oversight and decision making. Specifically, DOD's report addressed the first five required elements. However, information on the sixth element was incomplete because, while DOD highlighted concerns relative to the...
Defense Acquisitions: Future Ground-Based Vehicles and Network Initiatives Face Development and Funding Challenges
GAO-12-181T: Published: Oct 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 2011.
After the Army canceled the Future Combat System in June of 2009, it began developing modernization plans, including developing a new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) and additional network capability. At the same time, the Army was considering options on how to improve its light tactical vehicles. This statement addresses potential issues related to developing (1) the new GCV, (2) a common information...
Contingency Contracting: Improved Planning and Management Oversight Needed to Address Challenges with Closing Contracts
GAO-11-891: Published: Sep 27, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 2011.
Since 2002, DOD obligated at least $166.6 billion on contracts supporting reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these contingency contracts, in particular those awarded in Iraq, need to be closed. Contract closeout is a key step to ensure the government receives the goods and services it purchased at the agreed upon price and, if done timely, provides opportunit...
DOD Financial Management: Improved Controls, Processes, and Systems Are Needed for Accurate and Reliable Financial Information
GAO-11-933T: Published: Sep 23, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2011.
As one of the largest and most complex organizations in the world, the Department of Defense (DOD) faces many challenges in resolving serious problems in its financial management and related business operations and systems. DOD is required by various statutes to (1) improve its financial management processes, controls, and systems to ensure that complete, reliable, consistent, and timely informati...