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Force Structure--Need for Greater Transparency for the Army's Grow the Force Initiative Funding Plan
GAO-08-354R: Published: Jan 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 2008.
In January 2007, the Secretary of Defense announced an initiative to expand the Army from a total of 1,037,000 to 1,112,000 active and reserve soldiers by fiscal year 2013--an increase of 74,200 military personnel--in order to meet increasing strategic demands and to help reduce stress on the force. This planned expansion includes building six additional active modular brigade combat teams and add...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Estimated Costs Have Increased and Estimated Savings Have Decreased
GAO-08-341T: Published: Dec 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2007.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is currently implementing recommendations from the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, which is the fifth round undertaken by DOD since 1988. The 2005 round is, by GAO's assessment, the biggest, most complex, and costliest BRAC round ever, in part because, unlike previous rounds, the Secretary of Defense viewed the 2005 round as an opportunity not only t...
Military Base Realignments and Closures: Cost Estimates Have Increased and Are Likely to Continue to Evolve
GAO-08-159: Published: Dec 11, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round is the biggest, most complex, and costliest ever. DOD viewed this round as a unique opportunity to reshape its installations, realign forces to meet its needs for the next 20 years, and achieve savings. To realize savings, DOD must first invest billions of dollars in facility construction, renovation, and other up-front expenses to implement the B...
Military Construction: Observations on Mismanagement of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center
GAO-07-1039T: Published: Jun 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2007.
According to the Air Force, the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center (KMCC), an over 800,000 square-foot facility, is currently the Department of Defense's largest single-facility project under construction. It is intended to provide lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment for thousands of U.S. military and civilian personnel and their families in the Kaiserslautern, Germany, area. Initia...
Tactical Aircraft: Questions Concerning the F-22A's Business Case
GAO-06-991T: Published: Jul 25, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2006.
The F-22A--the Air Force's next generation air superiority fighter aircraft--incorporates a low observable (stealth) and highly maneuverable airframe, advanced integrated avionics, and a new engine capable of sustained supersonic flight without the use of afterburners. The F-22A acquisition history is a case study in increased cost and schedule inefficiency. Since the program's inception in 1986,...
Tactical Aircraft: DOD Should Present a New F-22A Business Case before Making Further Investments
GAO-06-455R: Published: Jun 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2006.
The F-22A is the Air Force's next generation air superiority fighter aircraft. It incorporates a low observable (stealth) and highly maneuverable airframe, advanced integrated avionics, and a new engine capable of sustained supersonic flight without the use of afterburners. It was originally designed to counter threats posed by the Soviet Union and was intended to replace the F-15 fighter in the a...
Military Personnel: Military Departments Need to Ensure That Full Costs of Converting Military Health Care Positions to Civilian Positions Are Reported to Congress
GAO-06-642: Published: May 1, 2006. Publicly Released: May 1, 2006.
Based on studies showing that many military members are performing tasks that are not considered military essential, the Air Force, Army, and Navy have plans to convert certain numbers of military health care positions to civilian positions. Questions have surfaced regarding the potential effects of these conversions on the Defense Health Program. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...
Defense Acquisitions: Business Case and Business Arrangements Key for Future Combat System's Success
GAO-06-478T: Published: Mar 1, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2006.
The Future Combat System (FCS) is a networked family of weapons and other systems in the forefront of efforts by the Army to become a lighter, more agile, and more capable combat force. When considering complementary programs, projected investment costs for FCS are estimated to be on the order of $200 billion. FCS's cost is of concern given that developing and producing new weapon systems is among...
Force Structure: Actions Needed to Improve Estimates and Oversight of Costs for Transforming Army to a Modular Force
GAO-05-926: Published: Sep 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 2005.
In 2004, the Army began transforming its force into modular brigade-based units, thus expanding the number of units available for deployment and creating new command and support units. The Army is transforming while engaged in the Global War on Terrorism and developing other high-cost capabilities. This prompted congressional concern about the affordability of Army plans. Thus, under the Comptroll...
Defense Acquisitions: Progress and Challenges Facing the DD(X) Surface Combatant Program
GAO-05-924T: Published: Jul 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2005.
In April 2002, the Department of the Navy launched the DD(X) Destroyer program to develop a stealthy, multi-mission ship that would provide advanced land attack capability to support forces ashore and contribute to military dominance in shallow coastal waters. Numbers and costs for the DD(X) have changed since the inception of the program. According to the program's official cost estimate, the fir...