The Air Force spent $14 billion over the last five fiscal years on contracts to meet emergency needs. Such contracts are executed before the final terms are settled, making them considerably risky, says a May 19 Government Accountability Office report.
The services are responsible for fourt-fifths of the Defense Department's $98 billion in secondary item excess inventory, which includes spare parts that can be repaired and reused and other supplies needed to maintain military equipment.
The basic design of NASA's Space Based Infrared System – a key component of the military's missile warning and defense system – is years old and some components are obsolete, but alternative technologies for the launch of the fifth and sixth satellite in the constellation were not considered because a report on other design options came too late in the acquisition process, according to an oversight report.
U.S. special forces members don't believe that women can handle the physical and mental demands and are concerned the Defense Department will weaken standards to allow women to serve in the elite fighting units, says an April 6 Associated Press article.
The head of the Senate Armed Service Committee called for layoffs to staff at Air Force headquarters in a March 24 letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. The Air Force had promised to cut its headquarters staff by 20 percent last year, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says that didn't happen.
The Air Force says it is back on track with its Global Positioning System satellites after some delays, while the Government Accountability Office says ground system operations pose a risk for continued hang-ups.
On the heels of reports about a GPS satellite software glitch, the Air Force prepared to launch a new GPS system from its base in Los Angeles. A GPS message indexing problem was recently identified that affects some of the active GPS IIF satellites.
Just a few weeks after the Air Force suspended contracts with FedBid, a Vienna, Va. reverse-auction company and requested the company's debarment, the service lifted the suspension after reaching an administrative agreement, according to a Feb. 20 Air Force document.
The Army, Navy and Marines don't know how many military members have been separated from service due to mental illness that aren't considered service-related, says a Feb. 13 Government Accountability Office report.
The military services don't know if their mental health staffing levels meet the needs of military members because their departmentwide fiscal 2016 assessment is missing critical data, says a Jan. 30 Government Accountability Office report.