The Congress Should Require Better Justifications of Aircraft for Noncombat Missions

LCD-80-83: Published: Jul 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1980.

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Since 1976, GAO has issued several reports questioning the Department of Defense's justifications for aircraft intended for noncombat missions, such as training, peacetime attrition, and backup during depot maintenance. The aircrafts were justified based on unrealistic data and without adequate consideration of more economical alternatives.

GAO observed virtually no change in the quantities of noncombat aircraft to be procured and little improvement in the requirements justification for such aircraft. Congress has an excellent opportunity to save as much as $6.9 billion by limiting the number of noncombat aircraft to those that can be adequately justified.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should require the Secretary of Defense to provide justifications for the planned procurement of noncombat aircraft that: (1) are based on current and realistic data; (2) recognize the impact of the procurement on readiness; and (3) consider the modern aircraft design and improved maintenance techniques. In addition, Congress should withhold approval of appropriations requested to procure these aircraft until these justifications are provided.


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