Defense capabilities (61 - 70 of 108 items)
Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Provide a Better Link between Its Defense Strategy and Military Personnel Requirements
GAO-07-397T: Published: Jan 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2007.
The war in Iraq along with other overseas operations have led to significant stress on U.S. ground forces and raised questions about whether those forces are appropriately sized and structured. In 2005, the Department of Defense (DOD) agreed with GAO's recommendation that it review military personnel requirements. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) concluded in its 2006 Quadrennial Defen...
Military Operations: High-Level DOD Action Needed to Address Long-standing Problems with Management and Oversight of Contractors Supporting Deployed Forces
GAO-07-145: Published: Dec 18, 2006. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 2006.
Prior GAO reports have identified problems with the Department of Defense's (DOD) management and oversight of contractors supporting deployed forces. GAO issued its first comprehensive report examining these problems in June 2003. Because of the broad congressional interest in U.S. military operations in Iraq and DOD's increasing use of contractors to support U.S. forces in Iraq, GAO initiated thi...
Military Personnel: DOD and the Services Need to Take Additional Steps to Improve Mobilization Data for the Reserve Components
GAO-06-1068: Published: Sep 20, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2006.
GAO has previously reported on the Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to track reservists deployed to the theater of operations and made recommendations. Reliable mobilization and deployment data are critical for making decisions about reserve force availability and medical surveillance. Because of broad congressional interest, GAO initiated a review under the Comptroller General's authority to...
Military Recruiting: DOD and Services Need Better Data to Enhance Visibility over Recruiter Irregularities
GAO-06-846: Published: Aug 8, 2006. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 2006.
The viability of the All Volunteer Force depends, in large measure, on the Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to recruit several hundred thousand individuals each year. Since the involvement of U.S. military forces in Iraq in March 2003, several DOD components have been challenged in meeting their recruiting goals. In fiscal year 2005 alone, three of the eight active and reserve components miss...
Defense Space Activities: Management and Guidance Performance Measures Needed to Develop Personnel
GAO-05-833: Published: Sep 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) employs space to support critical military capabilities and funding for space is about 5.4 percent of DOD's budget. In 2001, the Space Commission noted that DOD needs a force composed of educated, motivated, and competent personnel, but DOD was not yet on course to develop the space cadre the nation needs. DOD has a defensewide space human capital strategy and imple...
Military Bases: Analysis of DOD's 2005 Selection Process and Recommendations for Base Closures and Realignments
GAO-05-785: Published: Jul 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2005.
On May 13, 2005, the Secretary of Defense submitted proposed base realignment and closure (BRAC) actions to an independent commission for its review. The Commission must submit its recommendations to the President by September 8, 2005, for his acceptance or rejection in their entirety. Congress has final action to accept or reject these recommendations in their entirety later this year. The law re...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Conduct a Data-Driven Analysis of Active Military Personnel Levels Required to Implement the Defense Strategy
GAO-05-200: Published: Feb 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2005.
Congress recently increased active military personnel levels for the Army and the Marine Corps. The Secretary of Defense has undertaken initiatives to use military personnel more efficiently such as rebalancing high-demand skills between active and reserve components. In view of concerns about active personnel, GAO reviewed the ways in which the Department of Defense (DOD) determines personnel req...
Military Education: DOD Needs to Develop Performance Goals and Metrics for Advanced Distributed Learning in Professional Military Education
GAO-04-873: Published: Jul 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2004.
As part of its transformation to prepare the armed forces to meet current and future challenges, the Department of Defense (DOD) is expanding its use of advanced distributed learning (ADL) techniques in senior- and intermediate-level officer professional military education (PME). ADL instruction does not require an instructor's presence, and it facilitates the use of varied learning management sys...
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 Operations: DOD's Fiscal Year 2003 Funding and Reported Obligations in Support of the Global War on Terrorism
GAO-04-668: Published: May 13, 2004. Publicly Released: May 13, 2004.
The Global War on Terrorism--principally involving operations in Afghanistan and Iraq--was funded in fiscal year 2003 by Congress's appropriation of almost $69 billion. To assist Congress in its oversight of spending, GAO is undertaking a series of reviews relating to contingency operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In September 2003, GAO issued a report that discussed fiscal year...