Accession Number : ADA314965

Title :   Defense Transportation: Streamlining of the U.S. Transportation Command is Needed.

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

PDF Url : ADA314965

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : A number of studies since World War II have found that defense traffic management processes are fragmented and inefficient, reflecting the conflicts and duplication inherent in a traffic management organizational structure consisting of multiple transportation agencies, each with separate service and modal responsibilities. As a result, various actions have been taken to move functions from one transportation agency to another and improve military transportation effectiveness. In 1987, the Secretary of Defense, recognizing the need for additional improvements, established the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to unify defense transportation under a single manager during war, contingencies, and exercises. In 1992, the Secretary expanded USTRANSCOM's role to include peacetime transportation. The former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Armed Services, asked GAO to determine whether the Department of Defense (DOD) can provide efficient and effective defense transportation in a changing national security environment. Specifically, GAO'S objectives were to determine (1) whether DOD is providing cost-effective and efficient transportation, (2) what factors drive transportation costs, and (3) whether any actions are necessary to ensure a successful reengineering of defense transportation that will improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *MILITARY TRANSPORTATION, PEACETIME, COST EFFECTIVENESS, TRAFFIC, MODIFICATION, EFFICIENCY, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, ORGANIZATION THEORY.

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE