National security (11 - 20 of 871 items)
Missile Defense: Assessment of DOD's Reports on Status of Efforts and Options for Improving Homeland Missile Defense
GAO-16-254R: Published: Feb 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2016.
The Department of Defense’s (DOD) August 2015 and September 2015 homeland missile defense reports generally met most of the required reporting elements from section 238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14 NDAA) and section 1665 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15 NDAA), such as including descriptions of: the current and future ba...
Rare Earth Materials: Developing a Comprehensive Approach Could Help DOD Better Manage National Security Risks in the Supply Chain
GAO-16-161: Published: Feb 11, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2016.
Three Department of Defense (DOD) offices have identified certain rare earth materials (rare earths) as critical for some defense applications, such as lasers, but DOD has not taken a comprehensive, department-wide approach to identifying which rare earths, if any, are critical to national security. Specifically, DOD offices have not yet agreed on what constitutes “critical” rare earths. Using...
National Security Cutter: Enhanced Oversight Needed to Ensure Problems Discovered during Testing and Operations Are Addressed
GAO-16-148: Published: Jan 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2016.
The U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard's independent test agent, completed initial testing for the National Security Cutter (NSC) in April 2014 and rated the NSC as operationally effective and suitable. Still, testing revealed 10 major deficiencies (some are shown in figure). Initial testing is an event designed to verify performance of critical systems to ensure assets are capable of meeting mission requ...
National Security Personnel: Committed Leadership Is Needed for Implementation of Interagency Rotation Program
GAO-16-57: Published: Nov 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2015.
As required by section 1107 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, the Committee on National Security Personnel (Committee) has taken steps to establish the Interagency Rotation Program for national security personnel, including developing a National Security Human Capital Strategy (Strategy). However, implementation of the program has languished and no personnel ha...
Space Acquisitions: GAO Assessment of DOD Responsive Launch Report
GAO-16-156R: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) June 2015 report generally addresses four of the five elements called for in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 (Pub. L. No. 113-66, 915 (2013)), including descriptions of existing and past operationally responsive launch efforts ("responsive launch" refers to the ability to launch space assets to their intended orbits as the need...
Trusted Defense Microelectronics: Future Access and Capabilities Are Uncertain
GAO-16-185T: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015.
In April 2015, GAO found that the Department of Defense's (DOD) access to trusted leading-edge microelectronics faced challenging consequences stemming from manufacturing costs, supply chain globalization, and market trends, creating uncertainty regarding future access about U.S.-based microelectronics sources.Capital costs associated with producing leading edge microelectronics increase with each...
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: The Air Force Needs to Adopt an Incremental Approach to Future Acquisition Planning to Enable Incorporation of Lessons Learned
GAO-15-623: Published: Aug 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2015.
The Air Force intends to make significant changes to its acquisition approach for acquiring launch services under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program which will alter its current access and insights into certain cost and performance data. The United Launch Alliance (ULA)—EELV's incumbent provider—currently provides national security space launch services under a cost-reimburse...
DOE Project Management: NNSA Should Ensure Equal Consideration of Alternatives for Lithium Production
GAO-15-525: Published: Jul 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 13, 2015.
The National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) has identified various challenges in its lithium production strategy that may impact its ability to meet demand for lithium in the future, as well as actions that may mitigate these challenges. These challenges pertain to three key areas. First, NNSA may not have a sufficient supply of lithium material for defense program requirements. NNSA off...
Coast Guard Acquisitions: As Major Assets are Fielded, Overall Portfolio Remains Unaffordable
GAO-15-620T: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015.
GAO reported in March 2015 that the Coast Guard is in the process of receiving 14 C-27J fixed-wing aircraft transferred from the Air Force at no cost to the Coast Guard. However, it will take 7 years and about $600 million to fully transfer and modify the aircraft by adding information technology and surveillance systems. Transfer of the C-27J faces a number of risks but the aircraft is expected t...
Specialty Metals: DOD Dissemination of National Security Waiver Information Could Enhance Awareness and Compliance with Restrictions
GAO-15-133: Published: Oct 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) typically relies on its prime contractors to plan for the procurement of specialty metals and ensure compliance with specialty metals' restrictions for the five weapon systems programs that GAO reviewed. For these programs, GAO found that DOD plays a limited role—primarily monitoring the availability of specialty metals and conducting periodic reviews of prime con...