Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effect of declining defense budgets on military readiness, focusing on whether: (1) the definition and indicators of readiness adequately reflect the many complex components that contribute to overall military readiness; and (2) there are readiness indicators that can predict positive or negative changes in readiness.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to develop a more comprehensive readiness measurement system to be used DOD-wide. As part of this effort, the Under Secretary should: (1) review the indicators that have been identified as being critical to predicting readiness and select the specific indicators most relevant to a more comprehensive readiness assessment; (2) develop criteria to evaluate the selected indicators and prescribe how often the indicators should be reported to supplement SORTS data; and (3) ensure that comparable data are maintained by all services to allow the development of trends in the selected indicators.|