Category Archives: National Defense

Are Acquisition Reforms Leading to Better Outcomes at DOD?

Over the past two decades, we’ve issued annual “Quick Looks” at the Department of Defense’s largest and most expensive acquisition programs. Our work continued this year with a review of DOD’s 86 major weapons programs, which totaled more than $1.66 … Continue reading

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Climate Change Adaptation at U.S. Military Bases around the World

The vast global network of bases used by the U.S. military faces significant risks from the weather effects associated with climate change. DOD has made efforts to adapt its overseas bases to these effects, but does it have the information … Continue reading

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Hangars and Housing – Maintaining DOD’s Infrastructure

The Department of Defense manages infrastructure to support military operations the world over. It maintains a global real property portfolio of over half a million facilities, with a replacement value of nearly $1 trillion. Maintaining its facilities to withstand everything … Continue reading

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Increasing U.S. Military Posture in Europe

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014—and the Department of Defense has since requested over $4.5 billion to increase U.S. military presence in Europe. These funds were initially intended to reassure European allies, but DOD has also started to make plans to … Continue reading

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Government’s Security Clearance Process is “High Risk”

Our High Risk List pulls together all the government programs that we consider at high risk to waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, or in need of transformation. We were planning to update this list in early 2019 but made an exception … Continue reading

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Keeping the F-35 Fighter Flying

The stealthy F-35 aircraft, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is slated to replace several different types of aircraft in the U.S. fleet. Three variations of the plane—one that can take off vertically, one suited to aircraft carriers, and … Continue reading

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The Evolution of CYBERCOM

The Department of Defense faces tens of millions of attempted cyberattacks every year. In response, it established the U.S. Cyber Command in 2009 to more effectively address the growing risk of these threats. Although initially located within the U.S. Strategic … Continue reading

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Improving DOD’s Commissaries

DOD operates 238 commissaries (supermarkets) worldwide to provide groceries and household goods at reduced prices to military personnel, retirees, and their dependents. Since commissaries are not expected to entirely support themselves, Congress has funded these operations to the tune of … Continue reading

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The Surge Sealift Fleet—Shipping Military Supplies For Any Major Event

More than 90% of military equipment, supplies, and fuel travels by sea. When the military deploys anywhere, the demand for naval transportation grows. Additional shipping capacity must be ready to assist in any major event, ranging from a natural disaster … Continue reading

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Tracking Deliveries and Inventory of DOD Assets

These days, if you order an item online, you can usually track it as it makes its way from the warehouse to your doorstep. It isn’t quite so simple for the Department of Defense—which has struggled for years to be … Continue reading

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