Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on Department of Defense's (DOD) contingency operations costs and funding for fiscal year (FY) 2000, focusing on: (1) how DOD components identify incremental costs in support of contingency operations; and (2) the need for, and average cost of, mission rehearsal exercises conducted by the Army in preparation for contingency deployments.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. To ensure consistency in estimating and reporting incremental contingency operations costs, the Secretary of Defense should determine whether a common methodology for developing incremental flying hour costs is feasible, and, if so, revise the regulation on contingency operations to reflect that methodology. At a minimum, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to develop and apply a single methodology for determining the incremental flying hours within the Navy.|
|Department of Defense||2. Because the regulation on contingency operations does not provide for wear and tear on infrastructure and related facilities at home stations as a contingency operation cost, the Secretary of Defense should modify the regulation to specifically state circumstances under which home station infrastructure wear and tear is allowable as a contingency operation cost.|