Management Improvements Needed in the Military Affiliate Radio System

LCD-77-119: Published: Aug 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1977.

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Although the Department of Defense (DOD) rejected 1975 recommendations regarding the management of the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS), a limited follow-up effort indicates that the Secretary of Defense may wish to reconsider those recommendations.

Although the DOD Director, Telecommunications and Command and Control Systems (DTACCS), stated that an ad hoc working group would be organized to study the single manager concept and the use of appropriated funds for MARS, the committee was never formed. Instead, the Director considered written comments furnished by the military departments, historical MARS information, and information obtained in telephone discussions with military personnel concerning their respective MARS programs before reaching any conclusions. DTACCS concluded that MARS should continue as a duly constituted entity within each military department and that there was a continuing need for the 183 military owned and operated MARS stations.

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