Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Army's progress in redistributing war reserve equipment that is no longer needed in central Europe, focusing on whether: (1) the Army's plan for redistributing central European war reserve equipment provides for the specific and timely disposition of this equipment; and (2) cost savings would be realized by aligning the storage and maintenance capacities in central Europe so that they accurately reflect the reduced mission there.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Defense||1. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Army and the Commander, Army Materiel Command, to develop a specific and timely disposition plan for all equipment not needed in central Europe.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should make timely decisions about the fate of the proposed programs slated to receive additional equipment--the proposed brigade set and the increase in support equipment recommended by the 1995 Mobility Requirements Study Bottom-Up Review Update.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should direct the Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command, and the Commander, Army Materiel Command, to reduce the costs of facilities and personnel to reflect the new, reduced mission in central Europe.|