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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Air Force Operational Readiness Assessment (ORA) test, which was created to determine the: (1) effectiveness of the B-1B bomber wing; and (2) additional spares, maintenance manpower, and logistics support necessary to achieve the aircraft's planned level of effectiveness.

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Matter for Congressional Consideration

Matter Status Comments
Congress may wish to consider requiring the Air Force to project the actual costs of ORA to the B-1B fleet. This projection would provide Congress with more comprehensive data on the potential cost to bring the B-1B fleet to the planned 75-percent mission capable rate as it makes its funding decisions on the Conventional Mission Upgrade Program.
Closed - Not Implemented
The Senate Armed Services Committee, the primary contact and the committee that would have taken action on the matters for congressional consideration, did not take the action GAO suggested. On the contrary, the committee increased the Air Force FY 1996 budget request for the B-1B and directed the Air Force to accelerate the Conventional Mission Upgrade Program.

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