National Security Analysis Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1996-98

IAP-96-4: Published: May 1, 1996. Publicly Released: May 1, 1996.

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GAO provided information on its national security analysis issue area plan, focusing on the: (1) military services' roles and functions and how they can best be accomplished; (2) effectiveness and affordability of the Department of Defense's (DOD) planned force structure; (3) extent to which planned defense budgets are affordable and consistent with national security priorities; and (4) extent to which the intelligence community is adequately addressing the change in threat and new requirements.

GAO plans to: (1) evaluate the changing DOD role in carrying out new missions, the sizes of the active and reserve forces, the affordability of proposed DOD programs, and the accuracy of intelligence estimates used to support force structure and weapons acquisitions; (2) assess the DOD system for identifying needed changes in service roles and functions, DOD requirements for nuclear forces, alternative force structure options, whether the DOD financial plan and budget match its priorities, and the role of intelligence agencies in supporting new missions; (3) identify opportunities for greater specialization or consolidation of key combat functions; (4) determine whether military forces are properly shaped to support warfighting requirements, whether DOD budgets are based on accurate data and realistic assumptions, and whether unnecessary duplication exists between intelligence organizations and programs; and (5) analyze the options for meeting requirements for forward presence.

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