Defense capabilities (11 - 20 of 177 items)
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...
Prepositioned Stocks: DOD's Strategic Policy and Implementation Plan
GAO-14-659R: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014.
GAO found that, as of June 24, 2014, the Department of Defense (DOD) has not submitted a strategic policy or an implementation plan for its prepositioning programs—programs for prepositioned materiel and equipment—to congressional committees as mandated by Section 321 of Public Law 113-66.In letters to the defense committees dated April 24, 2014, DOD stated it would establish an enterprise-fo...
Personnel Security Clearances: Full Development and Implementation of Metrics Needed to Measure Quality of Process
GAO-14-157T: Published: Oct 31, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2013.
Multiple executive branch agencies are responsible for different steps of the multi-phased personnel security clearance process that includes: determination of whether a position requires a clearance, application submission, investigation, and adjudication. Agency officials must first determine whether a federal civilian position requires access to classified information. The Director of National...
Building Partner Capacity: DOD Is Meeting Most Targets for Colombia's Regional Helicopter Training Center but Should Track Graduates
GAO-13-674: Published: Jul 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2013.
In fiscal year 2009 through May 2013, the Department of Defense (DOD) allocated approximately $73.9 million from its Counternarcotics Central Transfer Account to the Regional Helicopter Training Center (RHTC) in Colombia. As of May 2013, about $47.0 million of this funding had been disbursed. Most of this funding was allocated to RHTC helicopter maintenance, including approximately $31.1 million (...
Defense Acquisition Workforce: The Air Force Needs to Evaluate Changes in Funding for Civilians Engaged in Space Acquisition
GAO-13-638: Published: Jul 8, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2013.
The Air Force did not evaluate its pilot program that moved funding for Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) acquisition civilian personnel from its 1-year Operation and Maintenance (O&M) appropriation to its 2-year Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) appropriation. In addition, the Air Force is considering using this pilot program to inform funding changes for other sections of...
Defense Logistics: The Department of Defense's Report on Strategic Seaports Addressed All Congressionally Directed Elements
GAO-13-511R: Published: May 13, 2013. Publicly Released: May 13, 2013.
In the conference report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Congress directed DOD to provide an updated report on strategic seaport facilities used for military purposes, specifying that DOD must include (1) an assessment of the structural integrity and deficiencies of the port facilities and determination of the infrastructure improvements needed to directly...
National Security: DOD Should Reevaluate Requirements for the Selective Service System
GAO-12-623: Published: Jun 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2012.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has not recently evaluated the necessity of the Selective Service System to meeting DODs future manpower requirements for carrying out the defense strategy or reexamined time frames for inducting personnel in the event of a draft. DOD officials told GAO that the Selective Service System provides a low-cost insurance policy in case a draft is ever necessary. Th...
Defense Logistics: Oversight and a Coordinated Strategy Needed to Implement the Army Workload and Performance System
GAO-11-566R: Published: Jul 14, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2011.
In 1996, the Army began development of the Army Workload and Performance System (AWPS) at the direction of the House National Security Committee. AWPS is a capstone information system that receives data from other systems, primarily the Logistics Modernization Program (LMP), and produces management reports and decision support tools intended to assist the Army in linking its industrial facility wo...
Defense Infrastructure: The Navy Needs Better Documentation to Support Its Proposed Military Treatment Facilities on Guam
GAO-11-206: Published: Apr 5, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2011.
The Navy determined that its current hospital on Guam does not meet modern facility standards. Moreover, the military population on Guam is expected to grow from 15,000 to over 39,000 due to DOD plans to move Marine Corps units from Okinawa, Japan to Guam and expand other on- island capabilities. The Navy plans to construct a new hospital and two outpatient clinics as part of its facility solution...
Warfighter Support: DOD's Urgent Needs Processes Need a More Comprehensive Approach and Evaluation for Potential Consolidation
GAO-11-273: Published: Mar 1, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 2011.
Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have faced significant risks of mission failure and loss of life due to rapidly changing enemy threats. In response, the Department of Defense (DOD) established urgent operational needs processes to rapidly develop, modify, and field new capabilities, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology, and counter-improvised explosive devices (IED...