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Following the end of the Cold War, the Department of Defense (DOD) significantly reduced its purchases of small and medium caliber ammunition and reduced the number of government-owned plants that produce small and medium caliber ammunition. Since 2000, however, DOD's requirements for these types of ammunition have increased notably. Because the success of military operations depends in part on DOD having a sufficient national technology and industrial base to meet its ammunition needs, Congress asked GAO to review DOD's ability to assess if its supplier base can meet small and medium caliber ammunition needs. Specifically, we (1) identified changes over the past several years that have increased the requirement for small and medium caliber ammunition, (2) assessed the actions DOD has taken to address the increased requirement, and (3) determined how DOD plans to ensure that it can meet future small and medium caliber ammunition needs.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense To improve DOD's ability to manage the national technology and industrial base for small and medium caliber ammunition and to address risks to that base, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to ensure that needed information on planned ammunition procurements is provided to the Program Executive Officer for Ammunition.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

The Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Ammunition issued "The General Guidance for Submitting Request for Section 806 Determination to the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition" on April 12, 2007.
Department of Defense To improve DOD's ability to manage the national technology and industrial base for small and medium caliber ammunition and to address risks to that base, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology to ensure that the Program Executive Officer for Ammunition identifies and provides key resources and develops metrics for measuring annual progress in meeting planned goals and objectives.
Closed - Implemented

Recommendation status is Closed - Implemented.

The Department of Defense concurred with this recommendation. According to a March 2009 memorandum from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, the Army released the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition Industrial Base Strategic Plan: 2015 in January 2009. The plan identifies 25 metrics for measuring progress in achieving seven strategic goals.

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