Military forces (71 - 80 of 3,597 items)
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Development of New Capabilities Requires Continued Oversight
GAO-16-634T: Published: Apr 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2016.
Although the estimated F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program acquisition costs have decreased since 2014, the program continues to face significant affordability challenges. The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to begin increasing production and expects to spend more than $14 billion annually for nearly a decade on procurement of F-35 aircraft. Currently, the program has around 20 percent of d...
High-Containment Laboratories: Comprehensive and Up-to-Date Policies and Stronger Oversight Mechanisms Needed to Improve Safety
GAO-16-305: Published: Mar 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 2016.
Most of the 8 departments and 15 agencies that GAO reviewed had policies that were not comprehensive, and some departments and agencies had policies that were not up to date. Specifically, policies at 5 departments and 9 agencies were not comprehensive because they did not contain all six elements that GAO identified as key for managing biological agents in high-containment laboratories. These ele...
Human Capital: Additional Actions Needed to Enhance DOD's Efforts to Address Mental Health Care Stigma
GAO-16-404: Published: Apr 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2016.
Military servicemembers' perceive that a stigma exists with seeking mental health care, but little information is known about Department of Defense (DOD) deployed civilian perceptions. GAO's analysis of the most recently available data from a DOD-wide survey found that about 37 percent of active duty servicemembers in 2011 and 39 percent of reservists in the 2010/2011 timeframe responded that they...
F-35 Sustainment: DOD Needs a Plan to Address Risks Related to Its Central Logistics System
GAO-16-439: Published: Apr 14, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2016.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is aware of risks that could affect the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), but does not have a plan to ensure that ALIS is fully functional as key program milestones approach. ALIS users, including pilots and maintainers, in GAO's focus groups identified benefits of the system, such as the incorporation of multiple functions into a single system....
Army Planning: Comprehensive Risk Assessment Needed for Planned Changes to the Army's Force Structure
GAO-16-327: Published: Apr 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2016.
The Army prioritized retaining combat units, such as brigade combat teams (BCT) and combat aviation brigades, when planning to reduce its end strength to 980,000 soldiers, and as a result plans to eliminate proportionately more positions from its support (or “enabler”) units, such as military police and transportation units. The Army's force planning process seeks to link strategy to force str...
KC-46 Tanker Aircraft: Challenging Testing and Delivery Schedules Lie Ahead
GAO-16-346: Published: Apr 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2016.
KC-46 tanker aircraft acquisition cost estimates have decreased for a third consecutive year and the prime contractor, Boeing, is expected to achieve all the performance goals, such as those for air refueling and airlift capability. As the table below shows, the total acquisition cost estimate has decreased from $51.7 billion in February 2011 to $48.2 billion in December 2015, about 7 percent, due...
DOD Major Automated Information Systems: Improvements Can Be Made in Reporting Critical Changes and Clarifying Leadership Responsibility
GAO-16-336: Published: Mar 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2016.
All 18 major automated information system (MAIS) programs that experienced a critical change to program cost, schedule, or system performance targets submitted complete reports to Congress that contained all four statutory elements, but 16 programs did not meet the requirement to report to Congress within 60 days of the program manager's submission to the senior Department of Defense (DOD) officia...
Unmanned Carrier-Based Aircraft System: Debate over System's Role Led to Focus on Aerial Refueling
GAO-16-389R: Published: Mar 24, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2016.
In 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) conducted a review of its airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance portfolio and debated the primary role of the Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) system. As a result, DOD restructured the UCLASS program in its fiscal year 2017 budget submission to create the Carrier Based Aerial Refueling System (CBARS)...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Preliminary Observations on Program Progress
GAO-16-489T: Published: Mar 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2016.
GAO's ongoing work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program shows that the Department of Defense (DOD) has begun planning and funding significant new development work to add to the F-35's capabilities, an effort known as Block 4. The funding needed for this effort is projected to be nearly $3 billion over the next 6 years (see figure below), which would qualify it as a major defense acquisi...
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Further Actions Needed to Fully Address Air Force and Army Pilot Workforce Challenges
GAO-16-527T: Published: Mar 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2016.
In April 2014, GAO reported on several issues the Air Force faced in managing its UAS pilots, and while the Air Force has taken some actions since then, it has not fully implemented GAO's recommendations to strengthen its management.Personnel Requirements : GAO reported that the Air Force had not accurately identified the number of UAS pilots required to accomplish its mission nor had it establish...