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Defense Logistics: A Completed Comprehensive Strategy is Needed to Guide DOD's In-Transit Visibility Efforts

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DOD has invested heavily in its logistics operations, estimating that its overall spending on logistics including supply chain management was more than 171 billion in fiscal year 2011. GAO has previously reported that one of the most complex and vital tasks facing DOD is managing its supply chain to effectively and efficiently provide spare parts, food, fuel, and other critical supplies in support of U.S. military forces. GAO has identified DOD s supply chain management as a high-risk area and has previously reported that limitations in asset visibility including the visibility of assets in transit make it difficult to obtain timely and accurate information on the assets that are present in the theater of operations. As part of GAO s work to update its highrisk areas, this report assesses the extent to which DOD 1 is aware of its components efforts to improve intransit visibility and 2 has a strategy to achieve in-transit visibility that includes the key elements of a comprehensive strategic plan. To conduct these assessments, GAO obtained and analyzed information from the defense components, reviewed and analyzed relevant defense policies, guidance, and plans regarding in-transit visibility, and interviewed officials from DOD and the defense components. GAO recommends that as DOD finalizes its in-transit visibility strategy it should ensure that it receives complete information from the components that addresses all key elements of a strategic plan. DOD concurred with GAO s recommendation.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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