Special Operations Forces: C-130 Upgrade Plan Could Help Fix Electronic Warfare Deficiencies
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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In response to a concern that threats to the U.S. Special Operations Commands USSOCOM aircraft are increasing, while funds available for electronic warfare are decreasing, the General Accounting Office GAO are reviewing USSOCOMS acquisition strategy for aircraft electronic warfare systems. This report focuses on fixed-wing C-130 aircraft operated by USSOCOMS Air Force component, the Air Force Special Operations Command AFSOC. As requested, GAO determined 1 the soundness of AFSOCs electronic warfare acquisition strategy and 2 the extent to which AFSOC is correcting deficiencies and maximizing commonality in its electronic warfare systems. GAO also identified a funding source that could help AFSOC further implement its electronic warfare acquisition strategy. GAO will address USSOCOMS rotary-wing aircraft in a separate report. The nations special operations forces provide the National Command Authorities a highly trained, rapidly deployable joint force capable of conducting special operations anywhere in the world. In November 1986 Congress enacted section 1311 of Public Law 99-661, which directed the President to establish USSOCOM, a unified combatant command to ensure that special operations forces were combat ready and prepared to conduct specified missions. USSOCOMS component commands include AFSOC, the Army Special Operations Command, the Naval Special Warfare Command and the Joint Special Operations Command. AFSOC, located at Huriburt Field, Florida, deploys and supports special operations forces worldwide. To ensure that special operations were adequately funded, Congress further provided in section 1311 of Public Law 99-661 that the Department of Defense create for the special operations forces a major force program MFP category for the Future Years Defense Plan of the Department of Defense.
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