Defense Can Save Time and Money by Exploring Alternatives to Construction of New Cargo Ships for Rapid Deployment Force

PLRD-81-55: Published: Jul 27, 1981. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 1981.

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GAO reviewed the sealift requirements for the Rapid Deployment Force as of May 1981 and the opportunities that effect management improvements which could result in substantial savings.

GAO believes that significant cost savings and mission benefits might be achieved by acquiring and converting existing Roll-On/Roll-Off ships for the Maritime Prepositioning Ships fleet. These ships are currently in the Merchant Marine or are under construction. By doing this, the Department of Defense could reduce the number of ships slated for new construction and could satisfy its mission requirements much earlier than would be possible under the current plan at substantially lower costs.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to carefully examine the feasibility of acquiring and converting existing ships and those currently under construction as an alternative to new construction. This examination should include detailed analyses of all costs and benefits, including life-cycle costs and plans for effectively supporting the ships when acquired.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed

    Comments: GAO has no information on the actions taken in response to this recommendation.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to carefully examine the feasibility of acquiring and converting existing ships and those currently under construction as an alternative to new construction. This examination should include detailed analyses of all costs and benefits, including life-cycle costs and plans for effectively supporting the ships when acquired.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy

 

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