Defense capabilities (31 - 40 of 104 items)
Military Aircraft: Observations on the Air Force's Plan to Lease Aerial Refueling Aircraft
GAO-03-1143T: Published: Sep 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 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...
Military Base Closures: Better Planning Needed for Future Reserve Enclaves
GAO-03-723: Published: Jun 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 2003.
While four previous base closure rounds have afforded the Department of Defense (DOD) the opportunity to divest itself of unneeded property, it has, at the same time, retained more than 350,000 acres and nearly 20 million square feet of facilities on enclaves at closed or realigned bases for use by the reserve components. In view of the upcoming 2005 base closure round, GAO undertook this review t...
Force Structure: Review of B-1B Process Identifies Opportunity to Improve Future Analysis
GAO-02-846: Published: Sep 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2002.
The B-1B began operations in 1986 as a long-range heavy bomber designed primarily to carry nuclear munitions. Although the B-1B's nuclear mission was withdrawn in October 1997, the Air Force continues to rely on the B-1B to support conventional wartime missions. The B-1B has the largest payload of the Air Force's three bombers, and recent modifications have provided the capability to deliver near...
Depot Maintenance: Management Attention Required to Further Improve Workload Allocation Data
GAO-02-95: Published: Nov 9, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 2001.
Federal law states that not more than 50 percent of annual depot maintenance funding can be used for work by private sector contractors. In an earlier report, GAO could not determine whether the Department of Defense (DOD) had complied with the 50-percent limitation. More recent GAO testimony highlighted continuing and pervasive weaknesses in DOD's financial management systems, operations, and con...
Depot Maintenance: Key Financial Issues for Consolidations at Pearl Harbor and Elsewhere Are Still Unresolved
GAO-01-19: Published: Jan 22, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 2001.
In 1998, the Navy consolidated the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Hawaii. Because of concerns about some aspects of the consolidation, the Navy began a test project, commonly called the Pearl Harbor pilot, to determine if integrating the management, operations, and funding of the shipyard and the intermediate maintenance facility can result in greate...
Defense Acquisitions: Air Force Operating and Support Cost Reductions Need Higher Priority
NSIAD-00-165: Published: Aug 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to reduce the Air Force's operating and support costs, focusing on: (1) operating and support cost trends; (2) cost reduction initiatives; and (3) factors influencing the success of cost reduction efforts.GAO noted that: (1) Air Force operating and support costs are growing at about 4 percent per year, even...
Defense Acquisitions: Howitzer Program Experiencing Cost Increases and Schedule Delays
NSIAD-00-182: Published: Jul 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Marine Corps' development of the 155mm lightweight howitzer, focusing on: (1) whether the program is on schedule; (2) whether costs have increased and if there is sufficient funding; (3) what the extent of design changes is and how these changes have affected system testing; and (4) what effect the exclusive production of the how...
Missile Defense: Cost Increases Call for Analysis of How Many New Patriot Missiles to Buy
NSIAD-00-153: Published: Jun 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the cost increases in the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 program, focusing on: (1) how much costs have increased and the reasons for those increases; (2) whether additional cost increases are expected; (3) what is being done to control costs; and (4) whether the Army's requirement will be met by planned missile procurements.GAO noted...
Defense Acquisitions: F/A-18E/F Aircraft Does Not Meet All Criteria for Multiyear Procurement
NSIAD-00-158: Published: May 26, 2000. Publicly Released: May 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Navy's F/A-18E/F aircraft program, focusing on whether the operational tests: (1) validated the Department of Defense's (DOD) statements that the F/A-18E/F will provide performance capabilities that are superior to existing F/A-18 aircraft; and (2) raised issues that could impact aircraft cost or the upcoming decision on whether the Navy shou...
Defense Acquisitions: Progress in Meeting F-22 Cost and Schedule Goals
T-NSIAD-00-58: Published: Dec 7, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Air Force's F-22 aircraft development and procurement program.GAO noted that: (1) in March 1999 GAO reported that it was unlikely the Air Force would be able to keep the F-22 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program, as planned, within the cost limit established by Congress; (2) in addition, GAO expressed concern about the signi...