Battlefield Automation:

Army Needs to Determine Command and Control Priorities and Costs

NSIAD-94-12: Published: Nov 19, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1993.

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GAO reviewed the Army's action plan to redesign its command and control systems (ACCS) to determine how it affects the requirements for command and control systems and procedures.

GAO found that the: (1) Army has recognized that major changes are needed in post-Cold War command and control systems to support a versatile, downsized force; (2) Army's action plan does not prioritize the issues that would restructure ACCS or identify the impact of cost increases or savings associated with the plan; (3) Army has not fully determined the plan's effect on command and control system requirements; and (4) Force Protection Army Command and Control Action Plan will give the Army the capability to meet future command and control requirements.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD fully concurred with the recommendation. The Army has completed or is pursuing corrective actions. A nonfinancial accomplishment report was submitted for processing on April 19, 1994, and approved August 9, 1994.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Secretary of the Army prioritizes the command and control issues of the Force Projection Army Command and Control Action Plan. The results of these efforts could then be used to focus limited funding to the appropriately sequenced critical issues.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: DOD fully concurred with the recommendation. A nonfinancial accomplishment report was submitted for processing on April 19, 1994, and approved August 9, 1994.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Secretary of the Army determines the cost impact of the Force Projection Army Command and Control Action Plan. The results of these efforts could then be used to focus funding to the appropriately sequenced critical issues.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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