Department of Defense (DOD) officials currently estimate that the department will spend approximately $34 billion through 2011 to develop the core network of the Global Information Grid (GIG), a large and complex undertaking intended to provide on-demand and real-time data and information to the warfighter. DOD views the GIG as the cornerstone of information superiority, a key enabler of network-centric warfare, and a pillar of defense transformation. A high degree of coordination and cooperation is needed to make the GIG a reality. In prior work GAO found that enforcing investment decisions across the military services and assuring management attention and oversight of the GIG effort were key management challenges facing DOD. This report assesses (1) the management approach that DOD is using to develop the GIG and (2) whether DOD's three major decision-making processes support the development of a crosscutting, departmentwide investment, such as the GIG.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. To better accommodate the crosscutting nature of the GIG development effort, DOD should adopt a management approach that will ensure a joint perspective is taken. In doing so, DOD should consolidate responsibility, authority, and control over resources--within the existing management structure or in a new entity--necessary to enforce investment decisions that cut across organizational lines.|
|Department of Defense||2. To better accommodate the crosscutting nature of the GIG development effort, DOD should adopt a management approach that will ensure a joint perspective is taken. In doing so, DOD should hold the organization accountable for ensuring the objectives of the GIG are achieved.|