Warfighter Support: DOD Needs Strategic Outcome-Related Goals and Visibility over Its Counter-IED Efforts
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Over 18 billion has been appropriated to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device IED Defeat Organization JIEDDO to address the improvised explosive device IED threat, and there is widespread consensus that this threat will continue to be influential in future conflicts. DoD established JIEDDO in 2006 to lead, advocate, and coordinate all DoD actions in support of the combatant commanders and their respective joint task forces efforts to defeat IEDs. This report, one in a series on JIEDDOs management and operations, addresses the extent to which DoD has achieved the following 1 provided a comprehensive counter-IED strategic plan, including measurable objectives that determine the effectiveness of efforts across DoD to combat IEDs and 2 identified counter-IED initiatives and activities, and coordinated these efforts. To address these objectives, GAO reviewed counter-IED efforts from fiscal years 2006 through 2011, reviewed and analyzed relevant strategic planning documents, collected and reviewed data identifying DoD counter-IED efforts, and met with DoD and service officials. GAO recommends four actions for DoD to develop a comprehensive strategic plan with strategic outcome-related goals and a complete listing of counter-IED efforts to maximize its resources. DoD concurred with one of the recommendations but did not concur with the other three. GAO continues to believe that its recommendations are warranted as discussed in the report.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Ammunition and Explosives