Evaluation of the DOD Readiness Report in Response to Public Law 96-342

PLRD-82-96: Published: Jul 19, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1982.

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GAO assessed the Department of Defense's (DOD) initiatives to define the relationship between funding levels and military readiness.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the military services have systems in place or initiatives underway to address this relationship. However, DOD has not been able to adequately articulate this relationship, and the various organizations involved are not benefiting fully from each others' efforts. There is no agencywide program or capability to integrate or coordinate these efforts toward meeting the stated congressional needs.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should establish a DOD focal point within OSD to effectively manage efforts to link funding and readiness. OSD should be responsible for identifying all ongoing and planned initiatives to link funding to readiness and for providing the necessary guidance and coordination to minimize duplication.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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