Defense Budget:

Potential Reductions to DOD's Ammunition Budget

NSIAD-86-188: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1986.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) appropriation request for fiscal year (FY) 1987 for its ammunition and production-base support programs; and (2) examined the status of prior years' funding to identify any excess funds.

GAO found inadequate justification for $1.6 billion of the $4.9 billion of the FY 1987 DOD budget request for ammunition items and $177.6 million of the $353.9 million for production facilities. GAO believes that the DOD appropriation requests are overstated because: (1) ammunition inventories would exceed requirements; (2) program quantities would exceed the stipulated amount; (3) DOD would not need certain items to meet FY 1987 delivery schedules; (4) certain items have unresolved component problems; (5) some items had uncertain test results; (6) some items would not meet military training needs; (7) some items' large program quantities are not cost-effective; (8) some unit cost estimates are overstated; (9) DOD had not conducted required operational testing on some items that it was developing; and (10) plans to expand existing production facilities or build new ones were incomplete.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Army's ammunition appropriation request by $359.1 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's ammunition appropriation request by $624.7 million.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Navy's ammunition appropriation request by $153.5 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's ammunition appropriation request by $248.3 million.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Navy's ammunition appropriation request by $153.5 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's ammunition appropriation request by $248.3 million.

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Marine Corps' ammunition appropriation request by $110.1 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition appropriation request by $151.1 million.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Marine Corps' ammunition appropriation request by $110.1 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition appropriation request by $151.1 million.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Air Force's ammunition appropriation request by $373.6 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's ammunition appropriation request by $621.6 million.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Air Force's ammunition appropriation request by $373.6 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's ammunition appropriation request by $621.6 million.

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Army's production base request by $146.8 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's $353.9 million production-base request by $177.6 million.

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Army's ammunition appropriation request by $359.1 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's ammunition appropriation request by $624.7 million.

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Appropriations Committees reduced the Army's production base request by $146.8 million.

    Matter: The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's $353.9 million production-base request by $177.6 million.

 

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