Defense Management: DOD Should Enhance Oversight of Equipment-Related Corrosion Projects
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DOD submitted the first version of its long-term corrosion strategy to Congress in December 2003. DOD developed this long-term strategy in response to direction in the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.13 In November 2004, DOD revised its long-term corrosion strategy and issued its DOD Corrosion Prevention and Mitigation Strategic Plan. DOD strives to update its strategic plan periodically, most recently in February 2011, and officials stated the next update is planned for 2013. The purpose of DOD s strategic plan is to articulate policies, strategies, objectives, and plans that will ensure an effective, standardized, affordable DOD-wide approach to prevent, detect, and treat corrosion and its effects on military equipment and infrastructure. In January 2008, the department first issued DOD Instruction 5000.67, Prevention and Mitigation of Corrosion on DOD Military Equipment and Infrastructure, which was revised and reissued with the same title in February 2010. The stated purpose of the instruction is to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and provide guidance for the establishment and management of programs to prevent or mitigate corrosion of DOD s military equipment and infrastructure. This instruction assigns the military departments Corrosion Executives responsibility for certain corrosionprevention and control activities in their respective military departments. It requires the Corrosion Executives to submit information on proposed corrosion projects to the Corrosion Office with coordination through the proper military department chain of command, as well as to develop support, and provide the rationale for resources to initiate and sustain effective corrosion-prevention and mitigation programs in each military department.
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