Air Force Watercraft Program Needs Increased Management Attention

LCD-80-60: Published: May 19, 1980. Publicly Released: May 19, 1980.

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The Air Force watercraft inventory, valued at $31 million, includes 14 types of watercraft at 24 locations worldwide, ranging from a 20-foot personnel boat to dredges, barges, and a 310-foot tanker. The watercraft support such missions as resupply operations, sea survival training, and rescue and recovery training. The Directorate of Transportation at Air Force headquarters has the responsibility for establishing basic management policies, major commands have the various oversight functions, and the San Antonio Air Logistics Center is responsible for managing logistics and depot-level maintenance functions.

A GAO study of the Air Force Watercraft Program showed that increased management attention is needed over program operations. Specifically, the study revealed that the headquarters responsible for overall program management was providing insufficient guidance and control; major commands were not carrying out their oversight responsibilities; and the logistics center for watercraft was inadequately monitoring the inventory and maintenance functions.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Air Force should have the major commands clearly identify whether the transportation or mission organization is responsible for watercraft management and ensure that sufficient personnel resources are available at all management levels to the extent necessary to provide adequate surveillance and enforcement over watercraft operations.

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