Military Airspace:

Better Planning Is Needed To Meet Future Requirements

NSIAD-87-93: Published: Mar 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1987.

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GAO reviewed the military's plans for its future airspace requirements to determine whether the plans are adequate.

GAO found that: (1) a number of Air Force and Navy units have encountered airspace shortages that have decreased air crew training effectiveness and increased training costs; (2) the Department of Defense (DOD) has not provided guidance to the services in their airspace planning to ensure consistency and coordination; and (3) the services need to make comprehensive, long-range airspace plans to meet their future requirements.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: A DOD directive was published on June 22, 1989, which requires the recommended sharing of the plans to the extent possible.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should require the military services to: (1) develop comprehensive airspace plans that define, validate, and support their future airspace requirements; (2) keep the plans current and coordinate them among the services; (3) use the information developed on airspace requirements and availability to assist in aircraft basing and mission decisions; and (4) share their plans with the Federal Aviation Administration and affected states, to the extent possible.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense


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