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Defense Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Strengthen Utility Resilience Planning

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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DOD installations rely on utilities, such as electricity, to accomplish their missions and disruptions can hamper military operations. Senate Report 114-49 included a provision for GAO to report on DOD-owned utility disruptions. This report 1 describes the number, causes and impacts of utility disruptions caused by the failure of DOD-owned utility infrastructure for fiscal years 2009 through 2015 2 assesses the extent to which owners and managers of DOD-owned systems have access to utility disruption information and 3 assesses the extent to which the implementation of a standardized facility condition assessment process provides DOD consistent information about its utility systems. GAO surveyed a representative group of 453 DOD-owned electric, water, wastewater, and natural gas utility systems, evaluated DOD policies and reports, interviewed officials, and conducted interviews with several survey respondents who experienced the most disruptions.

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