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Nuclear Enterprise: DOD and NNSA Could Further Enhance How They Manage Risk and Prioritize Efforts

GAO-22-104061
Jan 20, 2022
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4 Open Recommendations
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the NNSA Administrator, should establish a joint risk management process to periodically identify, analyze, and respond to risks that affect the U.S. nuclear enterprise (including the nuclear weapons stockpile, delivery platforms, and nuclear command and control) and report, internally and externally to relevant stakeholders, those risks and any associated mitigation efforts. (Recommendation 1)
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National Nuclear Security Administration The NNSA Administrator, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, should establish a joint risk management process to periodically identify, analyze, and respond to risks that affect the U.S. nuclear enterprise (including the nuclear weapons stockpile, delivery platforms, and nuclear command and control) and report, internally and externally to relevant stakeholders, those risks and any associated mitigation efforts. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should establish prioritization criteria for the programs, projects, and activities of the DOD Nuclear Enterprise—taking into account costs, benefits, and alternatives of the programs, projects, and activities within the enterprise; information from the periodic risk analyses conducted by DOD, NNSA, and the Nuclear Weapons Council; and information from NNSA regarding the resources, limitations, and priorities of the interrelated NNSA Weapons Activities portfolio—and should review these prioritization criteria whenever a new component is being introduced or during a strategic review, such as the NPR. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Defense After prioritization criteria for the DOD Nuclear Enterprise are established, the Secretary of Defense should apply the criteria whenever changes to the portfolio are proposed or reviewed, comparing any proposed prioritization against operational requirements as well as available funding, and set resource capacity plans based on the prioritization of the portfolio. (Recommendation 4)
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Military Hazing: DOD Should Address Data Reporting Deficiencies, Training Limitations, and Personnel Shortfalls

GAO-22-104066
Dec 15, 2021
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Congress Congress should consider requiring the Department of Defense to report hazing complaint data on an annual basis that would include information on formal and informal complaints, complaints from all military personnel to include National Guard personnel operating under Title 32 U.S. Code, and complete demographic information on complainants and alleged offenders. (Matter for Consideration 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Chief, National Guard Bureau, in coordination with the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force and the Director, ODEI, establishes a policy that addresses procedures to receive, track, and report hazing complaints by National Guard servicemembers in a title 32 duty status. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should take actions to ensure that the Navy's MEO policy is updated to address hazing complaints using a standard process that details how hazing complaints should be received, processed, and tracked. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should take actions to ensure that the Navy's MEO complaint intake form is updated to include a response option for hazing complaints. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should take actions to ensure commanders, the Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the Army Inspector General track the information specified in DOD Instruction 1020.03 and ODEI's data template. (Recommendation 4)
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Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should take actions to ensure MEO professionals who receive hazing complaints track the information specified in DOD Instruction 1020.03 and ODEI's data template. (Recommendation 5)
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Defense Acquisitions: DOD Should Take Additional Actions to Improve How It Approaches Intellectual Property

GAO-22-104752
Nov 30, 2021
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Department of Defense The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment should ensure that DOD's planned guidebook on IP clarifies how DOD personnel can pursue detailed manufacturing or process data. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should determine the collaboration, staffing, and resources needed, both within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and across the components, to execute DOD's proposed federated approach for the IP Cadre. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition should ensure that the Director of the IP Cadre collaborates with the President of DAU to prioritize IP-related tasks that DAU should undertake between 2023 through 2025. (Recommendation 3)
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Department of Defense The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition should ensure that the Director of the IP Cadre develops additional guidance to help component heads and DACMs identify the DOD personnel in key career fields that would benefit most from receiving IP training and credentials. (Recommendation 4)
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Missile Defense: Recent Acquisition Policy Changes Balance Risk and Flexibility, but Actions Needed to Refine Requirements Process

GAO-22-563
Nov 10, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
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Department of Defense The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command should include in the next update to U.S. Strategic Command Instruction 538-03 a process for documenting and validating operational-level warfighter requirements in an initial requirements document. (Recommendation 1)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should include in the next update to DOD Directive 5134.09 a requirement for MDA to perform analyses of alternatives for all major MDS programs using warfighter-validated initial requirements documents. (Recommendation 2)
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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should include in the next update to DOD Directive 5134.09 a requirement for the combatant commands and military services, in coordination with MDA, to produce for MDS programs: (1) initial Top Level Requirements Documents prior to starting technology development activities; and (2) Top Level Requirements Documents that are approved by the Missile Defense Executive Board prior to starting product development activities. (Recommendation 3)
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