Combat readiness (21 - 30 of 441 items)
Unmanned Aerial Systems: Actions Needed to Improve DOD Pilot Training
GAO-15-461: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
The Army and the Air Force face challenges ensuring that the pilots who remotely operate their unmanned aerial systems (UAS) complete their required training. Specifically, a March 2015 Army review showed that most pilots in certain Army units did not complete fundamental training tasks in fiscal year 2014—a finding that GAO corroborated through discussions with pilots in focus groups and unit r...
Defense Inventory: DOD Needs Additional Information for Managing War Reserve Levels of Meals Ready to Eat
GAO-15-474: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 7, 2015.
The military services determine their war reserve materiel (WRM) requirements for Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)-managed items based on operational plans that support warfighting scenarios and other inputs such as deployment schedules and equipment-usage data. WRM can include repair parts, construction equipment and supplies, and chemical protection suits, among other items. Service officials stat...
Force Structure: Army's Analyses of Aviation Alternatives
GAO-15-430R: Published: Apr 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2015.
In October 2013, the Army Chief of Staff approved the Aviation Restructuring Initiative that would seek to save an estimated $1 billion annually by reducing the Army’s end strength, retiring three older types of helicopters, and removing all AH-64 Apache helicopters from the reserve component. In January 2014, the National Guard Bureau (Bureau) announced an alternative proposal that retains Apac...
Military Training: DOD Met Annual Reporting Requirements for Its 2014 Sustainable Ranges Report
GAO-14-517: Published: May 9, 2014. Publicly Released: May 9, 2014.
The 2014 Sustainable Ranges Report of the Department of Defense (DOD) met the annual statutory reporting requirements for the department to describe its progress in implementing its plan to sustain training ranges and to describe any additional actions taken or planned for addressing training constraints caused by limitations on the use of military lands, marine areas, or airspace. DOD's 2014 repo...
Air Force: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Unmanned Aerial System Pilots
GAO-14-316: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2014.
The Air Force has managed its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots using some strategic human-capital approaches, such as planning for the different levels of experience that it needs in these pilots. However, it continues to face challenges. High-performing organizations manage human capital to identify the right number of personnel and to target the right sources to fill personnel needs. In 20...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Problems Completing Software Testing May Hinder Delivery of Expected Warfighting Capabilities
GAO-14-322: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014.
Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect. F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirem...
Defense Management: Actions Needed to Ensure National Guard and Reserve Headquarters Are Sized to be Efficient
GAO-14-71: Published: Nov 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2013.
Between fiscal years 2009 and 2013, the total number of funded positions--both full-time support and part-time--at the Department of Defense's (DOD) 75 Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve (Reserves) component headquarters grew from about 30,200 to 31,900 positions (about 6 percent overall). Some organizations grew more markedly, among them the National Guard Bureau (17 percent); Army National Guard...
Civil Support: Actions Are Needed to Improve DOD's Planning for a Complex Catastrophe
GAO-13-763: Published: Sep 30, 2013. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2013.
U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) are updating their existing civil support plans to include a complex catastrophe scenario, as directed by the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff. However, the commands are delaying the identification of capabilities that could be provided to execute the plans until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the lead feder...
Military Readiness: Opportunities Exist to Improve Completeness and Usefulness of Quarterly Reports to Congress
GAO-13-678: Published: Jul 26, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2013.
In its quarterly readiness reports that covered the period from April 2012 through March 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) addressed most but not all required reporting elements. Section 482 of Title 10 of the U.S. Code requires DOD to report on 26 elements including readiness deficiencies, remedial actions, and data specific to the military services in the areas of personnel, training, and eq...
Navy Shipbuilding: Significant Investments in the Littoral Combat Ship Continue Amid Substantial Unknowns about Capabilities, Use, and Cost
GAO-13-738T: Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
GAO found that the Navy has made progress in addressing some of the early design and construction problems on the LCS 1 and LCS 2 seaframes, and quality defects and unit costs are declining, now that the seaframes are in steady production. Based on projected learning curves, shipyard performance can be expected to continue to improve over time. This expected progress could, however, be disrupted,...