Improving Logistical Support at Kwajalein Missile Range

LCD-77-438: Published: Nov 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1977.

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Logistical support at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands is provided through the services of a contractor, Global Associates, under the terms of a cost-plus-award-fee incentive contract awarded by the Army's Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command in Huntsville, Alabama. The contractor provides a myriad of services to range users, tenant agencies, and about 3,300 resident employees and dependents. The current 3-year contract is expected to cost about $81 million.

Although management has improved in response to recommendations resulting from an earlier review of logistical support, contractor-operated logistical activities in supply, vehicle maintenance and use, and the Army's surveillance of contract operations and control over labor can still be improved. Despite a labor cost of over $46 million in 26 months, monitoring the contractor's use of employees was not being emphasized.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army, through the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command, should provide guidelines to Army range officials and evaluators emphasizing economy and efficiency of operation as well as performance. The guidelines should identify aspects of contractor operations that should be emphasized and analyzed more closely. The guidelines should be studied and be made detailed enough to guarantee that persons designated to evaluate contractor performance develop the data and information to support their ratings of contractor performance and that fees awarded are commensurate with performance.

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