Military aircraft (21 - 30 of 78 items)
Travel of Government Officials on Government Aircraft
T-NSIAD-96-85: Published: Dec 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1995.
GAO discussed the use of military helicopters and other government aircraft to transport White House staff and senior-level military and civilian officials. GAO noted that: (1) White House staff members had flown in military helicopters 14 times from January 21, 1993 to May 24, 1994 without the accompaniment of the President, Vice President, First Lady, Vice-President's wife, or Heads of State; (2...
Army Aviation Requirements
NSIAD-96-81R: Published: Dec 14, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1995.
GAO reviewed the armed services' modernization plans for utility and cargo helicopters, focusing on whether opportunities exist to streamline the services' aviation infrastructure. GAO noted that: (1) the services are attempting to reduce the types and number of aircraft in their helicopter fleets; (2) options for streamlining aviation infrastructure include eliminating types of aircraft, reducing...
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Hunter System Is Not Appropriate for Navy Fleet Use
NSIAD-96-2: Published: Dec 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1995.
GAO reviewed the Navy's Joint Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program, focusing on the development of a shipboard variant of the Hunter UAV for the Navy's use.GAO found that: (1) the Joint Tactical UAV Projects Office's plans to proceed with the acquisition of the Hunter shipboard variant even though Navy fleet commanders oppose its deployment on Navy ships; (2) the Navy's participation in...
Aircraft Requirements: Air Force and Navy Need to Establish Realistic Criteria for Backup Aircraft
NSIAD-95-180: Published: Sep 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the trend in the number of backup aircraft maintained by the Air Force and Navy, focusing on the: (1) actions that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the services have taken in response to prior recommendations to validate backup aircraft requirements; and (2) opportunities to remove unneeded backup aircraft from the force to minimize the cost of...
Nuclear Carrier Homeporting
NSIAD-95-146R: Published: Apr 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the possible homeporting of three nuclear aircraft carriers at two California naval shipyards. GAO noted that: (1) the Navy plans to concentrate a major portion of its Pacific fleet in San Diego and close the Long Beach Naval Air Station as a homeport; (2) although the Navy plans to have carriers at their homeports at least 50 percen...
Army Aviation: Modernization Strategy Needs to Be Reassessed
NSIAD-95-9: Published: Nov 21, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether: (1) the Army's plan for modernizing its aviation fleet is still valid; (2) there are alternative aircraft systems to the ones the Army plans to acquire; and (3) the Army's funding plans will meet all of its modernization requirements.GAO found that: (1) the validity of the Army's aviation modernization strategy is questionable; (2) the Arm...
Air Force Bombers: Conventional Capabilities of the B-1B Bomber
T-NSIAD-94-169: Published: May 4, 1994. Publicly Released: May 4, 1994.
GAO discussed the conventional capabilities of the B-1B bomber, focusing on the: (1) B-1B force structure; (2) Conventional Mission Upgrade Program; (3) status of some of the bomber's reported operational problems; and (4) congressionally mandated 6-month operational readiness assessment. GAO noted that: (1) the number of B-1B bombers, as well as B-52 bombers, is being reduced significantly; (2) t...
Strategic Mobility: Serious Problems Remain in U.S. Deployment Capabilities
T-NSIAD-94-165: Published: Apr 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 1994.
GAO discussed strategic mobility issues, focusing on the Department of Defense's (DOD) stated mobility requirements and mobility capabilities issues that have not been resolved. GAO noted that: (1) DOD has defined extensive strategic mobility requirements that are sensitive to the assumptions DOD used in studying the issue; (2) key assumptions about sealift capabilities were overly pessimistic, an...
B-2 Bomber: Comparison of Operational Capabilities and Support Costs for 15 Versus 20 Aircraft
NSIAD-93-209: Published: Aug 20, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1993.
In response to congressional requests, GAO reviewed the operational and support plans for the B-2 bomber, focusing on the differences in the bomber's conventional operational capabilities, military construction funding, and operations and maintenance costs for 20 aircraft instead of 15 aircraft.GAO found that: (1) the B-2 force's size will limit its conventional missions primarily to precision str...
NSIAD-93-253R: Published: Jul 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified the net costs associated with the procurement, support, and operation and maintenance of the last five B-2 bombers. GAO noted that: (1) the procurement of 15 instead of 20 B-2 bombers could save the government $1.2 billion; (2) the procurement of certain aircraft support items may be avoidable in future years, since less support equipment is need...