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Defense Management: Munitions Requirements and Combatant Commanders Needs Still Require Linkage

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In October 2002 we reported1 that inadequate linkage existed between near-term munitions needs of the combatant commanders and the purchases made by the military services. The Department of Defense (DOD) concurred with our recommendations and took steps to address them by rewriting the overarching DOD Instruction for determining munitions requirements.2 Related to our ongoing work on prepositioned stocks, we assessed whether DODs efforts thus far and initiatives planned for the future will ensure the required linkage since successful implementation of operational war plans is contingent on the availability of the right mix and quantity of munitions. To make our assessment, we obtained and analyzed information from cognizant organizations within DOD, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS),Headquarters and subordinate units of the Military Services, and U.S. Forces Korea(USFK). We conducted our analysis of DODs munitions requirements process in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards.



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