Tag Archives: Navy

From Submarines to Fighter Jets—Repairing DOD’s Vast Array of Weapon Systems

DOD’s repair depots ensure that critical weapon systems like aircraft, submarines, and tanks are ready for military operations. But if these depots can’t complete maintenance on time, DOD’s weapon systems can’t be used for operations and training. So, how are … Continue reading

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GAO’s Summer Reading List

Tomorrow is Read a Book Day! Or, if you’re an American high schooler, happy Finish Your Summer Reading List day! Those classics that teachers assign during the hotter months may not qualify as awesome beach reading, but plenty of those … Continue reading

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Troubling Trends in DOD’s Weapon Programs

The Department of Defense’s 82 largest complex programs cost an estimated $1.69 trillion. We annually assess how DOD is managing and overseeing these major acquisition programs in our “Quick Look” reports. In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss some of our observations … Continue reading

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The Troubled Voyage of Navy Shipbuilding

In 2007, the Navy embarked on a plan for a 330-ship fleet by 2018. Congress supported this plan, appropriating $24 billion more than the Navy’s budget request of $182 billion. Things have not gone according to plan. Today, the Navy … 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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Navy Readiness: What Happens When Old Shipyards Meet a Modern Fleet?

To defend the nation’s strategic interests across the globe, in 2016 the Navy announced a goal of expanding its fleet to 355 ships—a significant increase over its previous goal of 308 ships. In recent years, however, the Navy has struggled … Continue reading

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Right-Sizing Navy Ship Crews

Operating and maintaining the Navy’s ships is a 24/7 job. Having the right number of sailors onboard with the right skills is crucial for keeping the fleet in prime condition and for ensuring that sailors aren’t being overworked. Today’s WatchBlog … Continue reading

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Mission Accomplished? What DOD Needs to Do to Address Its Key Challenges

Defending the nation is no easy task. DOD faces a wide array of evolving threats. And more than a decade of warfare has taken its toll on DOD personnel and equipment. So where does that leave the Department? Today’s WatchBlog … Continue reading

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Managing DOD’s Spare Parts

Spare parts. Every military service—the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps—has them, and they’re crucial to ensuring that complicated and expensive weapons systems work when needed. There are also a lot of them—as of September 2014, the Department of … Continue reading

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Military Hazing (podcast)

Military life is full of rituals and rites of passage that promote camaraderie among servicemembers. But some actions cross the line into hazing. While hazing can take a toll on anyone, in the military it can also undermine an entire … Continue reading

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