Military forces (121 - 130 of 3,608 items)
Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts
GAO-16-56: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015.
GAO determined that the Department of Defense's (DOD) May 2014 additive manufacturing briefing for the Senate Armed Services Committee addressed the three directed elements—namely, potential benefits and constraints; potential contributions to DOD mission; and transition of the technologies of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (“America Makes,” a public-private partner...
Sole Source Contracting: Defining and Tracking Bridge Contracts Would Help Agencies Manage Their Use
GAO-16-15: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015.
The agencies included in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services, and Justice—had limited or no insight into their use of bridge contracts, as bridge contracts were not defined or addressed in department-level guidance or in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). However, GAO found that two DOD components, the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency, have institut...
Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes Are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture
GAO-16-84T: Published: Oct 1, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 2015.
The Ford-class aircraft carrier's lead ship began construction with an unrealistic business case. A sound business case balances the necessary resources and knowledge needed to transform a chosen concept into a product. Yet in 2007, GAO found that CVN 78 costs were underestimated and critical technologies were immature—key risks that would impair delivering CVN 78 at cost, on-time, and with its...
DOD Contract Services: Improvements Made to Planning and Implementation of Fiscal Controls
GAO-15-780: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) obligated $54.6 billion, or $280 million less than the limit on contract services for fiscal year 2014 due, in part, to increased oversight by the DOD Comptroller's office and military departments. The Comptroller's office sought input from components—military departments and defense agencies—when setting obligation targets and implemented a waiver request proce...
DOD Financial Management: Continued Actions Needed to Address Congressional Committee Panel Recommendations
GAO-15-463: Published: Sep 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has made progress toward implementing each of the 29 recommendations made by the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Financial Management and Auditability Reform (the panel). GAO determined that DOD's actions met 6 of the panel's recommendations and partially met the other 23. In its May 2015 Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) Plan Status R...
Department of Defense's Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Air Force's F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) Program
GAO-15-800R: Published: Sep 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the Air Force's F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) program covered one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected li...
Prepositioned Stocks: Marine Corps Needs to Improve Cost Estimate Reliability and Oversight of Inventory Systems for Equipment in Norway
GAO-15-651: Published: Sep 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015.
The Marine Corps is changing its mix of equipment at Marine Corps Prepositioning Program – Norway (MCPP-N) to address the U.S. European and U.S. Africa commands' strategic and theater-specific operational requirements. U.S. European Command's posture plan identifies MCPP-N as a key program that can respond to contingencies. While U.S. Africa Command plans that refer to a need to access prepositi...
GPS: Actions Needed to Address Ground System Development Problems and User Equipment Production Readiness
GAO-15-657: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015.
The Air Force has experienced significant difficulties developing the Global Positioning System (GPS) next generation operational control system (OCX) and consistently overstated progress to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) compared to advisory independent assessments it received. It needs $1.1 billion and 4 years more than planned to deliver OCX due to poor acquisition decisions and a...
Military Compensation: DOD Needs More Complete and Consistent Data to Assess the Costs and Policies of Relocating Personnel
GAO-15-713: Published: Sep 9, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has experienced an overall increase in Permanent Change of Station (PCS) per-move costs since 2001. GAO's analysis of DOD budget data shows that average PCS per-move costs, after accounting for inflation, increased by 28 percent from fiscal years 2001 to 2014. However, GAO's review of the services' annual budget materials found that the services have not reported co...
Military Personnel: Additional Steps Are Needed to Strengthen DOD's Oversight of Ethics and Professionalism Issues
GAO-15-711: Published: Sep 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 3, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has a management framework to help oversee its existing ethics program and has initiated steps to establish such a framework to oversee its professionalism-related programs and initiatives, but its efforts could be strengthened in both areas.DOD has a decentralized structure to administer and oversee its existing, required compliance-based ethics program, which focu...