Defense Planning:

Opportunities to Improve Strategic Reviews

GAO-01-514R: Published: Mar 20, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2001.

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For several years, GAO has reviewed the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts to strategically plan for the nation's defense needs and prepare related budgets. In particular, GAO evaluated DOD's methodology for conducting the 1993 Bottom-Up Review and the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and its preparation of several Future Years Defense Programs (FYDP). As DOD began a new effort to review its strategic priorities, GAO shared some observations on the importance of (1) using realistic assumptions and integrated analyses to reach force structure and modernization decisions, (2) preparing FYDPs that clearly link strategy and resources, and (3) ensuring DOD's review efforts carefully scrutinize opportunities to reduce support infrastructure and improve business processes.

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