United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States
In September 2016, GAO reported that annual combat aircrew training requirements delineated in the Air Forces Ready Aircrew Program might not address pilot training needs, and that the Air Force did not systematically evaluate the effectiveness of its training. As a result, Congress included a provision in Section 351 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017 for the Air Force to commission an independent review of its Ready Aircrew Program, report on actions it planned to take in response to any recommendations, and provide an estimate of any resources required. Section 351 also included a provision for GAO to assess the Air Force report. This report examines whether 1 the independent review conducted by the RAND Corporation addressed statutory requirements to review and assess the Ready Aircrew Program, and 2 the Air Force has reported on completed or planned actions to implement the RAND report recommendations. To address these objectives, GAO reviewed the RAND and Air Force reports on the Ready Aircrew Program, assessed the study against generally accepted research standards, and interviewed officials at RAND, Air Force Headquarters, and the Air Combat Command.