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GAO evaluated the actions taken by the Air Force and the Navy to use standard centralized aircraft support systems in lieu of mobile equipment to provide air and electric power to support aircraft while on the ground.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy to develop a plan for installing centralized systems at air bases where they can be used cost effectively without adversely affecting mission capabilities.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy to give first priority to installing new energy-efficient, centralized systems in conjunction with major aircraft parking apron renovations and underground refueling systems.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should give the next priority to those bases whose units do not need mobile equipment for deployment, that is, certain Strategic Air Command units and Navy units deployed to aircraft carriers.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy to coordinate the development of standard centralized systems and ensure that all systems acquired are procured using design specifications based on a standard system or systems.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy to combine requirements to ensure the most economical quantities for buying system components.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the Air Force and Navy to closely coordinate and monitor these procurements with planned procurements for mobile equipment to ensure that appropriate adjustments are made to reduce or delay the latter procurements where applicable.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should reevaluate the decision not to install centralized systems at tactical bases. If the Secretary decides that the systems can be used at these bases without adversely affecting the units' deployment missions, first priority should be given to installing the system at those tactical bases undergoing parking apron renovations.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should assess the requirement for the new generator set along with other mobile equipment.
Closed - Implemented
When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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