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Defense Nuclear Enterprise: Processes to Monitor Progress on Implementing Recommendations and Managing Risks Could Be Improved

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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In 2014, the Secretary of Defense directed two reviews of DODs nuclear enterprise. These reviews identified problems with leadership, organization, investment, morale, policy, and procedures, as well as other shortcomings that adversely affected the nuclear deterrence mission. The reviews also made recommendations to address these problems. In 2015, DOD conducted a review focused on NC3 systems, which resulted in additional recommendations. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 includes a provision for GAO to review DODs processes for addressing these recommendations, and House Report 114-537 includes a provision for GAO to review changes to DODs nuclear personnel reliability assurance programs. This report addresses the extent to which DOD and the military services have 1 made progress in implementing recommendations to improve the nuclear enterprise and 2 made changes to their personnel reliability assurance programs. GAO reviewed relevant documents and interviewed agency officials from DOD and the military services. This is a public version of a classified report GAO issued in August 2017. It omits information DOD deemed classified. DOD should develop additional guidance on identifying and documenting risks, and should identify and communicate performance measures and risks. DOD concurred and provided information about planned actions to implement them.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]