Professional Military Education: Programs Are Accredited, but Additional Information is Needed to Assess Effectiveness
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
DOD relies on PME and JPME to prepare its military personnel throughout their careers for the intellectual demands of complex contingences and major conflicts that typically involve more than a single military service. However, according to DODs summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, PME has stagnated, focused more on the accomplishment of mandatory credit at the expense of lethality and ingenuity. The Conference Report accompanying the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 included a provision for GAO to evaluate DOD PME and JPME institutions. This report examines the extent to which 1 the military services PME programs have met civilian and JPME accreditation requirements, 2 OSD has assessed the effectiveness of the military services PME programs, and 3 USD Comptroller has monitored the military services PME program budget data. GAO analyzed applicable laws and policy, analyzed accreditation and budget information, and interviewed officials from the military services intermediate- and senior-level resident PME programs. What GAO Recommends GAO is making seven recommendations, including that DOD take steps to determine its ability to assign Navy officers to PME programs of other services, implement performance measuresincluding tracking of costs, and issue guidance for service reporting of PME budget request data. DOD concurred with all of GAOs recommendations.