In October 2002 we reported that inadequate linkage existed between near-term munitions needs of the combatant commanders and the purchases made by the military services. The Department of Defense (DOD) concurred with our recommendations and took steps to address them by rewriting the overarching DOD Instruction for determining munitions requirements. Related to our ongoing work on prepositioned stocks, we assessed whether DOD's efforts thus far and initiatives planned for the future will ensure the required linkage since successful implementation of operational war plans is contingent on the availability of the right mix and quantity of munitions. To make our assessment, we obtained and analyzed information from cognizant organizations within DOD, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Headquarters and subordinate units of the Military Services, and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK). We conducted our analysis of DOD's munitions requirements process in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. To ensure that there is adequate linkage between combatant commanders' munitions needs and the purchases made by the military services, the Secretary of Defense should direct the incorporation of oversight and control measures into DOD Instruction 3000.4 to ensure that all organizations involved in the munitions requirement process fully comply with all requirements.|
|Department of Defense||2. To ensure that there is adequate linkage between combatant commanders' munitions needs and the purchases made by the military services, the Secretary of Defense should direct combatant commander to participate in pre- and post Program Objective Memorandum risk assessments.|