Officials at the United States Special Operations Command unit failed to make a C-12 turboprop plane that was used to transport Army officials to meetings visible in their inventory when it was transferred there in 2000, a May 9 Defense Department Inspector General report (.pdf) says. Because the plane was not reported, the U.S. Transportation Command could not schedule it for use, the report says.
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.
"That competition and conflict are about people is hardly a revelation. Nevertheless, this fundamental premise often has not received the central emphasis that it should in U.S. military deliberation," says the white paper, released May 13 and signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of Special Operations Command.
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 Army will use a new, integrated tactical network called Capability Set 13 in Afghanistan later this year to help with mobile calls and data transmission, according to an Army press release . CS 13 allows users to send and receive reports from individuals on the ground within seconds, according to the Army.
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.
In order to meet fiscal 2014 budget cuts, the Defense Department must eliminate excess domestic infrastructure, department officials told the Senate Armed Services Committee during an April 17 hearing .
The Defense Department understimates the costs of base closures, because outsourced work isn't accounted for in the department's reporting process, an April 18 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.With the military likely to shrink in size in the coming post-drawdown years, Pentagon officials have said they want a new round of Base Realignment and Closure.
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.