National Defense Stockpile:

Adequacy of National Security Council Study for Setting Stockpile Goals

NSIAD-86-177BR: Published: Aug 4, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1986.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether the National Security Council's (NSC) stockpile study is a sufficient basis for U.S. mobilization planning, including the proposed changes in National Defense Stockpile goals.

GAO noted that the NSC study recommended a stockpile goal of $700 million, much lower than the previous goal of $16.1 billion which was based on a 1979 study. GAO found that the NSC study: (1) was not sufficient to set stockpile goals or for other U.S. mobilization planning; (2) did not adequately reflect major disagreements among study participants with regard to key assumptions; and (3) did not adequately show that its results could vary greatly with changes in its assumptions.

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