Strategic planning (61 - 70 of 84 items)
Military Personnel: Strategic Plan Needed to Address Army's Emerging Officer Accession and Retention Challenges
GAO-07-224: Published: Jan 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2007.
Accessing and retaining high-quality officers in the current environment of increasing deployments and armed conflict may be two of the all volunteer force's greatest challenges. The military services use three programs to access officer candidates: (1) military academies, (2) the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), and (3) Officer Candidate Schools (OCS). In addition to accessing new officer...
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...
Force Structure: DOD Needs to Integrate Data into Its Force Identification Process and Examine Options to Meet Requirements for High-Demand Support Forces
GAO-06-962: Published: Sep 5, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 2006.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the war on terrorism has dominated the global security environment. Ongoing overseas operations and heavy reliance on reservists have raised concerns about how the Department of Defense (DOD) will continue to meet its requirements using an all-volunteer force. The Army, in particular, has faced continuing demand for large numbers of forces, especi...
Defense Management: Fully Developed Management Framework Needed to Guide Air Force Future Total Force Efforts
GAO-06-232: Published: Jan 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 2006.
The Air Force is in the process of transforming its force to meet today's new and emerging threats. Its "Future Total Force" concept is intended to maximize future capabilities by integrating its active, National Guard, and reserve components to a greater degree. While the Air Force was making force structure decisions and developing its 20-year plan, the Air National Guard embarked on its own "Va...
Military Personnel: DOD Needs Action Plan to Address Enlisted Personnel Recruitment and Retention Challenges
GAO-06-134: Published: Nov 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) must recruit and retain hundreds of thousands of servicemembers each year to carry out its missions, including providing support in connection with events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In addition to meeting legislatively mandated aggregate personnel levels, each military component must also meet its authorized personnel requirements for each occupational spe...
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 Personnel: DOD Needs to Improve the Transparency and Reassess the Reasonableness, Appropriateness, Affordability, and Sustainability of Its Military Compensation System
GAO-05-798: Published: Jul 19, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 2005.
Over the years, the Department of Defense's (DOD) military compensation system has become an increasingly complex and piecemeal accretion of pays, allowances, benefits, and special tax preferences. DOD leaders have expressed concern that rising compensation costs may not be sustainable in the future and could crowd out other important investments needed to recapitalize equipment and infrastructure...
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: Preliminary Observations on Recruiting and Retention Issues within the U.S. Armed Forces
GAO-05-419T: Published: Mar 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2005.
To meet its human capital needs, the Department of Defense (DOD) must convince several hundred thousand people to join the military each year while, at the same time, retain thousands of personnel to sustain its active duty, reserve, and National Guard forces. Since September 11, 2001, DOD has launched three major military operations requiring significant military personnel--Operation Noble Eagle,...
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...