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Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications: Update on DOD's Modernization
GAO-15-584R: Published: Jun 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2015.
GAO provided an in-depth classified briefing in April 2015 to congressional defense committee staff on the results of its review of several on-going nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) modernization programs or efforts within the Department of Defense (DOD). NC3 is a large and complex system comprised of numerous land-, air-, and space-based components used to assure connectivity be...
Whistleblower Protection: DOD Needs to Enhance Oversight of Military Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations
GAO-15-477: Published: May 7, 2015. Publicly Released: May 7, 2015.
The Department of Defense (DOD) did not meet statutory military whistleblower reprisal 180-day notification requirements in about half of reprisal investigations closed in fiscal year 2013, and DOD's average investigation time for closed cases in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 was 526 days, almost three times DOD's internal 180-day requirement. In 2012, GAO made recommendations to improve investigatio...
Missile Defense: Opportunities Exist to Reduce Acquisition Risk and Improve Reporting on System Capabilities
GAO-15-345: Published: May 6, 2015. Publicly Released: May 6, 2015.
In fiscal year 2014, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) made some progress in achieving its testing and delivery goals for individual elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), but was not able to complete its planned fiscal year goals for testing. MDA conducted two intercept tests demonstrating an increased capability. However, it did not complete six planned flight tests for a variet...
Presidential Helicopter Acquisition: Program Established Knowledge-Based Business Case and Entered System Development with Plans for Managing Challenges
GAO-15-392R: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015.
In the past year the acquisition program for a new presidential helicopter, known as VH-92A, continued to make progress by establishing a knowledge-based business case for entry into system development that included an approved cost, schedule and performance baseline. GAO found that the program's actions were substantively in line with acquisition best practices. The Navy, which is responsible for...
Defense Major Automated Information Systems: Cost and Schedule Commitments Need to Be Established Earlier
GAO-15-282: Published: Feb 26, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2015.
A majority of the 20 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information systems (MAIS) programs had not established their first baselines (which consist of a life cycle cost estimate, a schedule estimate, and performance targets) within 2 years from program start; over half met or planned to meet a statutorily established time frame for deploying capabilities. While the Defense Scien...
GAO'S 2015 High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-371T: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the high risk list. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
High-Risk Series: An Update
GAO-15-290: Published: Feb 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2015.
Solid, steady progress has been made in the vast majority of the high-risk areas. Eighteen of the 30 areas on the 2013 list at least partially met all of the criteria for removal from the High Risk List. Of those, 11 met at least one of the criteria for removal and partially met all others. Sufficient progress was made to narrow the scope of two high-risk issues—Protecting Public Health through...
Missile Defense: Cost Estimating Practices Have Improved, and Continued Evaluation Will Determine Effectiveness
GAO-15-210R: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has taken steps in-line with GAO best practices to improve its cost estimating practices including:releasing an internal cost estimating handbook,performing internal cost reviews,assembling an independent cost assessment team, andreceiving independent cost estimates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Cost Assessment and Program...
F-35 Sustainment: Need for Affordable Strategy, Greater Attention to Risks, and Improved Cost Estimates
GAO-14-778: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) currently has or is developing several plans and analyses that will make up its overall F-35 sustainment strategy, which is expected to be complete in fiscal year 2019. The annual F-35 operating and support (O&S) costs are estimated to be considerably higher than the combined annual costs of several legacy aircraft (see fig.). DOD has begun some cost-savings efforts...
DOD Joint Bases: Implementation Challenges Demonstrate Need to Reevaluate the Program
GAO-14-577: Published: Sep 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2014.
Joint base officials reported varying progress in consolidating installation-support functions, and challenges resulting from consolidation efforts that created inefficiencies and inequities. Overall, the joint bases reported partially consolidating 80 percent of their installation-support functions, but the extent of consolidation varied across the bases and among the various functions. None of t...