The military's plans to mitigate rust and other forms of corrosion all lack performance measures, and some don't connect to the Defense Department's overarching goals, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
Facilities at some closed Army installations were not maintained at a high enough level for reuse within communities surrounding the closed bases because the Army doesn't have specific guidelines for maintenance, a May 14 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.
Spending for major key enterprise resource planning systems would overall go down, with some notable exceptions, under the Defense Department fiscal 2014 budget proposal. DoD OCIO data shows some ERP budgets would increase substantially should Congress approve the request.
Budget cuts due to sequestration caused a lack of readiness in the military that will interfere with the Defense Department providing replacement unites in Afghanistan next year, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an audience at the National Press Club May 7.
The Defense Department has revised its 1996 directive on non-lethal weapons with the intent of fostering their future development and procurement, although without specifying exactly how it'll do so. One non-lethal weapon s the Active Denial System, which delivers a man-sized heat beam to stop someone from approaching without killing the person.
Even if they're computer-savvy, mobile employees still need training to avoid the adverse effects of using chat, audioconferencing and videoconferencing tools at work, the Rand Corp. says in a new report based on research commissioned by the Air Force.
More than a decade's worth of research pointing toward cost savings to be had by making Defense Department satellite control systems interoperable has gone unimplemented, says the Government Accountability Office in an April 18 report (.pdf). The increase in dedicated infrastructure "reflects more of a preference by satellite program managers than a need," auditors say Air Force officials told them.
President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget requests $526.6 billion for the Defense Department, including $155.8 billion for the Navy, $144.4 billion for the Air Force and $129.7 billion for the Army. By function, the budget includes $209.4 billion for operation and maintenance, $137.1 billion for military personnel and $99.3 billion for procurement.
The Defense Department should take into account special factors unique to it when setting its annual competition goals, says the Government Accountability Office in a March 28 report (.pdf). There are several factors that affect the DoD's competition rate, but those factors are not always considered when factoring in the annual competition goals.
A Government Accountability Office review of Defense Department major information technology systems finds management problems in some key enterprise resource planning systems. The review (.pdf) is of 14 selected major automated information systems: IT projects that meet DoD size thresholds that characterize them as large, even by Defense standards.