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Military Training: DOD Met Annual Reporting Requirements in Its 2016 Sustainable Ranges Report

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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Why GAO Did This Study.DOD relies on its training ranges withinthe United States and overseas to help prepare its forces for combat and complex missions around the globe. Section 366 of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 required DOD to submit acomprehensive plan on its efforts to address training constraints caused by limitations on the use of military lands, airspace, and marine areas in the United States and overseas for training. The act, as amended, further requires DOD to provide annual progress reports on its efforts through 2018. The act also included a provision for GAO to submit annual evaluations of DODs reports. This report assesses the extent to which DODs 2016 Sustainable Ranges Report met statutory reporting requirements.To conduct this work, GAO reviewed DODs 2016 report and compared it with the statutory reporting requirements. GAO also obtained written responses from cognizant DOD and military service officials regarding preparations made to complete the 2016 report. What GAO Recommends. GAO is not making recommendations in this report. DOD agreed with GAOs report after reviewing the draft.

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