1992 Defense Budget:

Potential Adjustments to Ammunition Programs

NSIAD-91-276: Published: Sep 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1991.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the military services' justifications for their fiscal year (FY) 1992 budget requests for ammunition; (2) the Army's request for ammunition production base support; (3) selected segments of prior-year ammunition programs; and (4) additional, but unbudgeted, needs identified by the Army and the Marine Corps for FY 1992.

GAO found that the: (1) Army's $1.05-billion FY 1992 request for ammunition can be reduced by $80.4 million, since $47.7 million is for five ammunition items for which program quantities are greater than needed, $28.5 million is for two ammunition items that have unresolved technical problems, and $4.2 million is for an ammunition item for which the cost will decrease; (2) Army's $201.3-million request for ammunition production base support can be reduced by $8.2 million, since $4.4 million is for initial production facilities for which funding is premature, $1.3 million is for modernization projects at plants scheduled for closure, and $2.5 million is for maintenance of inactive binary chemical munitions facilities that will not be needed in FY 1992; (3) Navy's $328.6-million FY 1992 request for ammunition is overstated by $14.9 million for three ammunition items, since $2.8 million is for one item for which the Navy reduced the quantity it intends to buy in FY 1992 and $12.1 million is for two items for which total program quantities will not meet FY 1992 delivery schedules because of production problems; (4) Air Force's $306.7-million FY 1992 request for ammunition can be reduced by $108.7 million; (5) Marine Corps' $526.2-million FY 1992 request for ammunition is overstated by $83.3 million, since $43.7 million is for one item for which the total program quantity cannot be produced in time to meet FY 1992 delivery schedules and $39.6 million is for four items that have reduced requirements; and (6) budgets could be increased for 7 Marine Corps and 12 Army items, since projected inventory levels were lower than the inventory objectives, and those items could be produced within the FY 1992 program period.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY 1992 ammunition budget request for five items by $60.7 million and the Army's production base support request by $2.5 million. They did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1992 request by $80.4 million for eight ammunition items and by $8.2 million for production base support.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Army's FY 1992 ammunition budget request for five items by $60.7 million and the Army's production base support request by $2.5 million. They did not make the other recommended reductions. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1992 request by $80.4 million for eight ammunition items and by $8.2 million for production base support.

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended reductions. Since Congress has completed its markup sessions, the recommendation is no longer applicable. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1991 appropriation by $10.1 million.

  4. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations did not make the recommended reductions. Since Congress has completed its markup sessions, the recommendation is no longer applicable. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Army's FY 1991 appropriation by $10.1 million.

  5. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations increased the Army's budget for several ammunition items that GAO identified for potential increases.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations may wish to consider offsetting the recommended budget recommendations for the Army by funding the 12 additional ammunition items that the Army needs, but did not budget for, and that can be delivered within FY 1992 delivery schedules.

  6. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations increased the Army's budget for several ammunition items that GAO identified for potential increases.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations may wish to consider offsetting the recommended budget recommendations for the Army by funding the 12 additional ammunition items that the Army needs, but did not budget for, and that can be delivered within FY 1992 delivery schedules.

  7. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: As recommended in GAO/NSIAD-91-235, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations placed a restriction on the Air Force's $108.7 million for the Sensor Fuzed Weapon. The recommendation to reduce the request is no longer applicable. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1992 ammunition budget request by $108.7 million.

  8. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: As recommended in GAO/NSIAD-91-235, the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations placed a restriction on the Air Force's $108.7 million for the Sensor Fuzed Weapon. The recommendation to reduce the request is no longer applicable. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Air Force's FY 1992 ammunition budget request by $108.7 million.

  9. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1992 ammunition budget request for three ammunition items by $14.9 million, as recommended.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1992 ammunition budget request by $14.9 million.

  10. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Navy's FY 1992 ammunition budget request for three items by $14.9 million, as recommended.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Navy's FY 1992 ammunition budget request by $14.9 million.

  11. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Marine Corps' FY 1992 ammunition budget request for three items by $59.7 million. They did not make the other recommended reduction of $23.6 million for one item. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition budget request by $83.3 million for five items.

  12. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations reduced the Marine Corps' FY 1992 ammunition budget request for three items by $59.7 million. They did not make the other recommended reduction of $23.6 million for one item. GAO will follow-up on this recommendation during its on-going FY 1993 ammunition budget review and make a new recommendation if the program can still be reduced.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations should reduce the Marine Corps' ammunition budget request by $83.3 million for five items.

  13. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations increased the Marine Corps' budget for some ammunition items that GAO identified for potential increases.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations may wish to consider offsetting the recommended budget reductions for the Marine Corps by funding the seven additional ammunition items that the Marine Corps needs, and did not budget for, and that can be delivered within the FY 1992 program period.

  14. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations increased the Marine Corps' budget for some ammunition items that GAO identified for potential increases.

    Matter: The Senate and House Committees on Appropriations may wish to consider offsetting the recommended budget reductions for the Marine Corps by funding the seven additional ammunition items that the Marine Corps needs, and did not budget for, and that can be delivered within the FY 1992 program period.

 

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