DOD Manufacturing Arsenals: Actions Needed to Identify and Sustain Critical Capabilities
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DOD s three manufacturing arsenals provide manufacturing, supply, and technical support services for the military services and allies during national emergencies and contingency operations. The Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA required DOD to report to Congress on its arsenals and included a provision for GAO to review DOD s report. This report assesses 1 actions DOD has taken to assign work to the manufacturing arsenals to generate sufficient revenue to recover their operating expenses, 2 the extent to which DOD is strategically positioned to sustain the manufacturing arsenals critical capabilities, and 3 the extent to which DOD s September 2014 report addresses statutory reporting elements and is consistent with relevant research presentation standards for a defense research study. To conduct this review, GAO analyzed documentation, visited the arsenals, and interviewed relevant DOD officials. GAO assessed DOD s September 2014 report against the statutory elements and generally accepted research standards. GAO recommends that DOD issue implementing guidance for make-orbuy analyses identify fundamental elements for implementing its strategic plan and develop and implement its process for identifying critical capabilities and the minimum workload level needed to sustain them. DOD concurred with the recommendations but disagreed with some statements in the report. GAO believes the statements are accurate, as discussed in the report.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies