Military forces (41 - 50 of 390 items)
Military and Veteran Support: DOD and VA Programs That Address the Effects of Combat and Transition to Civilian Life
GAO-15-24: Published: Nov 7, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 2014.
GAO identified 99 programs provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) to help address the effects of combat on post-9/11 servicemembers, their families, or both. These programs often offer multiple types of services. The services most common are mental health and substance abuse (50), information and referral (37), and case management or care coordination (15).GAO identified 87 programs administe...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs to Update General and Flag Officer Requirements and Improve Availability of Associated Costs
GAO-14-745: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014.
The general and flag officer (GFO) population (i.e., officers ranked at or above brigadier general or rear admiral) experienced higher rates of growth than the enlisted population since fiscal year (FY) 2001. The Department of Defense (DOD) has not comprehensively updated GFO requirements—the number of GFOs needed to fill positions—since 2003 to reflect changes in the active duty force nor has...
Defense Headquarters: DOD Needs to Reevaluate Its Approach for Managing Resources Devoted to the Functional Combatant Commands
GAO-14-439: Published: Jun 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2014.
GAO analysis of the resources devoted to the Department of Defense's (DOD) functional combatant commands shows substantial increases in authorized positions and costs to support headquarters operations. Specifically, the number of authorized positions across the commands grew from 5,731 in fiscal year 2004 to 10,515 in fiscal year 2013. According to DOD officials, recent and emerging missions...
Afghanistan: Changes to Updated U.S. Civil-Military Strategic Framework Reflect Evolving U.S. Role
GAO-14-438R: Published: Apr 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2014.
Although the October 2012 and the August 2013 versions of the U.S. Civil-Military Strategic Framework for Afghanistan have similarities, the two versions differ in several aspects. These differences reflect, among other things, the U.S. government's heightened emphasis on the transition, through the end of 2014, of security responsibility for Afghanistan to Afghan security institutions and the Afg...
Military Housing: Information on the Privatization of Unaccompanied Personnel Housing
GAO-14-313: Published: Mar 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 2014.
Since Congress enacted the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI) in 1996, the military services conducted several analyses and considered other factors to determine whether to privatize housing for unaccompanied personnel. These analyses were conducted between 1997 and 2011. The Army's and the Navy's analyses compared different scenarios--such as whether to rely on privatization or use...
Transitioning Veterans: Improved Oversight Needed to Enhance Implementation of Transition Assistance Program
GAO-14-144: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014.
The Departments of Defense (DOD), Labor (DOL), and Veterans Affairs (VA) have implemented most of the key components of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a gateway to information and services available to servicemembers transitioning to civilian life. However, the agencies are still in the process of implementing other key components of TAP. While originally planned for October 2013, agenci...
Homeland Defense: Action Needed to Improve Cost Reporting for DOD's Aerospace Control Alert Mission
GAO-13-785: Published: Sep 9, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2013.
In its April 2013 report to Congress, the Department of Defense (DOD) did not provide any new analyses, but provided the results of previous analyses related to the Aerospace Control Alert mission because, according to DOD officials, DOD was not expecting any future changes to the budget or force structure of the mission, including consideration of any basing location alternatives. DOD's April 201...
DOD's POW/MIA Mission: Capability and Capacity to Account for Missing Persons Undermined by Leadership Weaknesses and Fragmented Organizational Structure
GAO-13-810T: Published: Aug 1, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 2013.
The department's response to the accounting-for goal established in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 brought into sharp relief longstanding disputes that have not been addressed by top-level leaders, and have been exacerbated by the accounting community's fragmented organizational structure. Leadership from the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Pacific Command ha...
Defense Contracting: Actions Needed to Explore Additional Opportunities to Gain Efficiencies in Acquiring Foreign Language Support
GAO-13-251R: Published: Feb 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2013.
DOD has taken some steps to gain efficiencies in its approach to contracting for certain types of foreign language support services and products, but its contracting approach for other types remains fragmented across multiple components, and DOD has not explored whether additional opportunities exist to gain efficiencies across this broader range of contracting activity. In 2005, DOD sought to cen...
Warfighter Support: DOD Needs Additional Steps to Fully Integrate Operational Contract Support into Contingency Planning
GAO-13-212: Published: Feb 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 8, 2013.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, and the services have taken steps to integrate operational contract support into planning for contingency operations. For example, in April 2011, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, working with the Joint Staff, revised the Guidance for the Employment of the Force to require planning for operational contract support in all phase...