Accession Number : ADA317440

Title :   Combat Air Power: Joint Mission Assessments Needed Before Making Program and Budget Decisions.

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

PDF Url : ADA317440

Report Date : 27 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : This document discusses the challenges that the Department of Defense (DOD) faces in ensuring effective combat air power capabilities for the future. Testimony is based on a comprehensive report of the major issues related to U.S. combat air power that the GAO is expected to issue in September. This report will synthesize the findings from our reviews of six key air power mission areas conducted over the past 2 years and other recent reviews of individual weapon systems. The overall objective of our work was to determine whether the Secretary of Defense has sufficient information from a joint perspective to help him decide whether new air power investments should be made, whether programmed investments should continue to be funded, and what priority should be given to competing programs. To provide context for this assessment, we examined major changes in U.S. air power capabilities since the Persian Gulf War in relation to those of potential adversaries.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, *AIR POWER, *PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, TEST AND EVALUATION, ATTACK HELICOPTERS, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, WARFARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DECISION MAKING, INVESTMENTS, PERSIAN GULF, WEAPON SYSTEMS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, MISSIONS, ATTACK AIRCRAFT, MILITARY BUDGETS, BOMBER AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE