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Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex: DOD Needs to Fully Incorporate Best Practices into Future Cost Estimates

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Technical Report

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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DODs JIAC, which provides critical intelligence support for the U.S. European and Africa Commands and U.S. allies, is currently located in what DOD has described as inadequate and inefficient facilities at RAF Molesworth in the United Kingdom. To address costly sustainment challenges and instances of degraded theater intelligence capabilities associated with the current JIAC facilities, the Air Force plans to spend almost 240 million to consolidate and relocate the JIAC at RAF Croughton in the United Kingdom. GAO was asked to review analysis associated with consolidating and relocating the JIAC. This report 1 assesses the extent to which DODs cost estimate for the JIAC consolidation at RAF Croughton aligns with best practices and 2 describes key reviews DOD has conducted since spring of 2013 related to an alternative location for JIAC consolidation. GAO compared the Air Forces February 2015 JIAC cost estimate with GAO best practices for developing federal cost estimates, reviewed key DOD analysis of Lajes Field as a potential alternative location for the JIAC, and interviewed DOD officials.

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  • Administration and Management

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