Accession Number : ADA314524

Title :   United States General Accounting. Report to Congressional Committees. Combat Air Power. Assessment of Joint Close Support Requirements and Capabilities is Needed.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA314524

Report Date : 28 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Close support weapons fire on targets close to U.S. ground forces and, as a result, are likely to influence the outcome of a battle. The military services have significantly improved the capability of their close support weapons since the 1980s and plan to spend more than $10.6 billion on further improvements between fiscal years 1996 and 2001. These plans however, come at a time of reduced defense budgets, defense downsizing, and questions about the affordability of future defense modernization programs. This report (1) discusses the aggregate capabilities of the military services to provide close support and the extent to which those capabilities continue to be modernized and enhanced; and (2) evaluates the processes the Department of Defense (DOD) uses to assess mission needs, capabilities, and modernization proposals for the close support mission. This review was part of GAO's broader effort to assess how DOD can better adapt its combat air power to meet future needs.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *AIR POWER, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, ENVIRONMENTS, ACCOUNTING, WEAPON SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS, MISSIONS, MILITARY MODERNIZATION, COMBAT FORCES, MILITARY BUDGETS, TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, MILITARY DOWNSIZING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE