Defense capabilities (21 - 30 of 104 items)
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...
Army Depot Maintenance: Ineffective Oversight of Depot Maintenance Operations and System Implementation Efforts
GAO-05-441: Published: Jun 30, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2005.
The Army depot maintenance activity group received about $2.6 billion of orders in fiscal year 2004 to repair helicopters, combat vehicles, and air defense systems. To perform this work, the group operates under the working capital fund concept, where customers are to be charged the anticipated costs of providing goods and services to them. GAO was asked to determine (1) if prices charged by the g...
Defense Acquisitions: Future Combat Systems Challenges and Prospects for Success
GAO-05-428T: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
FCS is the core of Army efforts to create a lighter, more agile, capable force: a $108 billion investment to provide a new generation of 18 manned and unmanned ground vehicles, air vehicles, sensors, and munitions linked by an information network. Although system development and demonstration began in May 2003, the program was restructured in July 2004, including processes to make FCS capabilities...
Force Structure: Navy Needs to Fully Evaluate Options and Provide Standard Guidance for Implementing Surface Ship Rotational Crewing
GAO-05-10: Published: Nov 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2004.
The Navy has traditionally maintained overseas presence by deploying ships for 6 months. Rotating crews aboard ships that remain deployed for longer periods is an alternative the Navy could pursue to increase the utilization of ships. Senior Navy officials have also cited crew rotations as a way to reduce part of the Navy's plans for a larger force structure and reportedly free billions of dollars...
Force Structure: Department of the Navy's Tactical Aviation Integration Plan Is Reasonable, but Some Factors Could Affect Implementation
GAO-04-900: Published: Aug 13, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2004.
The Fiscal Year 2004 Defense Appropriations Act and the Senate Report for the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act mandated that GAO examine the Navy and Marine Corps' Tactical Aviation Integration Plan. In response to these mandates, this report addresses (1) how Navy and Marine Corps operational concepts, force structure, and procurement costs change; (2) the methodology and assumptions the s...
Military Transformation: Fielding of Army's Stryker Vehicles Is Well Under Way, but Expectations for Their Transportability by C-130 Aircraft Need to Be Clarified
GAO-04-925: Published: Aug 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 2004.
In its transformation to a more responsive and mobile force, the Army plans to form 6 Stryker Brigade Combat teams equipped with a new family of armored vehicles known as Strykers. The Stryker--which provides transport for troops, weapons, and command and control--was required by the Army to weigh no more than 38,000 pounds and be transportable in theater by C-130 cargo aircraft arriving ready for...
Defense Infrastructure: Factors Affecting U.S. Infrastructure Costs Overseas and the Development of Comprehensive Master Plans
GAO-04-609NI: Published: Jul 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2004.
Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. military overseas presence has changed dramatically. The Department of Defense (DOD) has been reexamining overseas basing requirements, and it expects to make a number of changes to provide greater flexibility for U.S. forces in Western Europe and Northeast Asia. Concerns over the potential use of funds for what may soon be obsolete basing projects prompted cong...
Military Aircraft: Observations on the Proposed Lease of Aerial Refueling Aircraft by the Air Force
GAO-03-923T: Published: Sep 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 2003.
At 543 aircraft, the KC-135 is the mainstay of U.S. aerial refueling capability. Recapitalizing this fleet is crucial to maintaining this capability and, ultimately, maintaining the mobility of U.S. forces. In the fiscal year 2002 defense appropriations act, the Congress authorized the Air Force to lease up to 100 aerial refueling aircraft after the Air Force reported its plans to the Senate and H...