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.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should reconsider the recommendations, made originally in September 1975, that the feasibility and economy of establishing a single manager concept within DOD for MARS be studied. If appropriate, the results of such a study should be implemented and the MARS stations operated and funded by military commands should be reviewed to determine the need for these MARS stations in view of the other communications and related features available. The need for these MARS stations should be evaluated in relation to the operating costs incurred by the government, and, where appropriate, appropriated funding of such stations should be eliminated.

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