National security (1 - 10 of 151 items)
Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: The Air Force Needs to Adopt an Incremental Approach to Future Acquisition Planning to Enable Incorporation of Lessons Learned
GAO-15-623: Published: Aug 11, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 2015.
The Air Force intends to make significant changes to its acquisition approach for acquiring launch services under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program which will alter its current access and insights into certain cost and performance data. The United Launch Alliance (ULA)—EELV's incumbent provider—currently provides national security space launch services under a cost-reimburse...
Defense Management: Actions Needed to Address Stakeholder Concerns, Improve Interagency Collaboration, and Determine Full Costs Associated with the U.S. Africa Command
GAO-09-181: Published: Feb 20, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2009.
In February 2007, the President directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to help strengthen U.S. security cooperation with African nations and bring peace and stability to the continent. For this review, GAO assessed DOD's (1) efforts to establish the command and communicate its mission, (2) progress in integrating personnel from other U.S. government...
DOD Excess Property: Management Control Breakdowns Result in Substantial Waste and Inefficiency
GAO-05-277: Published: May 13, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
Based on limited previous GAO work that identified examples of purchases of new items at the same time identical items in excellent or good condition were excessed, GAO was asked to assess the overall economy and efficiency of the Department of Defense (DOD) program for excess property reutilization (reuse). Specifically, GAO was asked to determine (1) whether and to what extent the program includ...
Defense Acquisitions: Space-Based Infrared System-low at Risk of Missing Initial Deployment Date
GAO-01-6: Published: Feb 28, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2001.
The Pentagon considers defenses to counter attacks from ballistic missiles, both long-range strategic and shorter-range theater missiles, to be critical to U.S. national security. The Air Force is developing a new satellite system, called Space-Based Infrared System-low (SBIRS-low) to expand the military's infrared satellite capabilities for supporting ballistic missile defenses. GAO reviewed the...
Defense Headquarters: Status of Efforts to Redefine and Reduce Headquarters Staff
NSIAD-00-224: Published: Sep 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) progress on reducing its headquarters staff, focusing on DOD efforts to: (1) implement the revised management headquarters directive and provide a more accurate report on the number of personnel in headquarters activities; and (2) reduce positions in headquarters and achieve the reductions mandated b...
Defense Acquisitions: Recent F-22 Production Cost Estimates Exceeded Congressional Limitation
NSIAD-00-178: Published: Aug 15, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Air Force F-22 Raptor production cost estimate, focusing on: (1) the status of cost reduction plans, including some plans not yet implemented, and Air Force procedures for reporting on the plans; and (2) a comparison of the 1999 production cost estimates with the congressional cost limitation.GAO noted that: (1) about half of the...
DOD Competitive Sourcing: Savings Are Occurring, but Actions Are Needed to Improve Accuracy of Savings Estimates
NSIAD-00-107: Published: Aug 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) competitive sourcing activities, focusing on: (1) the extent to which actual savings have been achieved or can be expected as a result of competitions; and (2) DOD's efforts to improve processes for identifying and tracking changes to cost and savings estimates.GAO noted that: (1) available data indicated that DOD...
Defense Transportation: More Reliable Information Key to Managing Airlift Services More Efficiently
NSIAD-00-6: Published: Mar 6, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Air Mobility Command's airlift rates, focusing on the: (1) extent to which the Air Mobility Command has reliable financial information for managing airlift transportation services; and (2) factors affecting efficient cost control of airlift services.GAO noted that: (1) the Air Mobility Command lacks accurate cost information to set rates and as...
Defense Inventory: Management of Repair Parts Common to More Than One Military Service Can Be Improved
NSIAD-00-21: Published: Oct 20, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) management of identical repairable parts used by more than one DOD component, focusing on: (1) DOD's progress in correcting problems in the management of identical parts; and (2) opportunities to improve management of these parts.GAO noted that: (1) DOD initiatives dating to the early 1970s to improve the managemen...
Defense Infrastructure: Improved Performance Measures Would Enhance Defense Reform Initiative
NSIAD-99-169: Published: Aug 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Defense Reform Initiative (DRI), focusing on: (1) the types of performance measures used to track progress toward achieving DRI program goals; (2) opportunities to add or improve on existing performance measures; and (3) performance measurement limitations.GAO noted that: (1) DRI initiatives are assessed largely through output pe...