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Defense Department Cyber Efforts: DoD Faces Challenges in Its Cyber Activities

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by Davi D’Agostino, Greg Wilshusen
Paperback, 79 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437989281

The DoD is in the midst of a global cyberspace crisis as foreign nation states and other actors, such as hackers, criminals, terrorists, and activists exploit DoD and other U.S. government computer networks to further a variety of national, ideological, and personal objectives.

This report identifies: (1) how DoD is organized to address cybersecurity threats; and assesses the extent to which DoD has: (2) developed joint doctrine that addresses cyberspace oeprations; (3) assigned command and control responsibilities; and (4) identified and taken actions to mitigate any key capability gaps involving cyberspace operations.

It is an unclassified version of a previously issued classified report. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Afghanistan: Actions Needed to Improve Accountability of U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan

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by Charles Michael Johnson, Jr.
Paperback, 48 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437989298

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense (DoD) award direct assistance to Afghanistan, using bilateral agreements and multilateral trust funds that provide funds through the Afghan national budget.

This report assessed: (1) the extent to which the U.S., through USAID and DoD, has increased direct assistance; (2) USAID and DoD steps to ensure accountability for bilateral direct assistance; and (3) USAID and DoD steps to ensure accountability for direct assistance via multilateral trust funds for Afghanistan.

The report reviewed USAID, DoD, and multilateral documents and met with U.S. officials in Wash., D.C., and Afghanistan. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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August 3, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Department of Defense’s Military Cash Incentives

Military Cash Incentives: DOD Should Coordinate and Monitor Its Efforts to Achieve Cost-Effective Bonuses and Special Pays

by Brenda S. Farrell
Paperback, 43 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988016

Assesses DoD’s use of cash incentives to recruit and retain highly qualified individuals for service in the armed forces.

It: (1) identifies recent trends in DoD’s use of enlistment and reenlistment bonuses; (2) assesses the extent to which the services have processes to determine which occupational specialties require bonuses and whether bonus amounts are optimally set; and (3) determines how much flexibility DoD has in managing selected special and incentive pays for officer and enlisted personnel.

The report analyzed service data on bonuses and special and incentive pays, and reviewed relevant guidance and other documentation from DoD and the services. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Defense Department Cyberefforts

Defense Department Cyberefforts: More Detailed Guidance Needed to Ensure Military Services Develop Appropriate Cyberspace Capabilities

by Davi M. D’Agostino
Paperback, 35 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987923

The U.S. military depends heavily on computer networks, and potential adversaries see cyberwarfare as an opportunity to pose a significant threat at low cost — a few programmers could cripple an entire information system. The Department of Defense (DoD) created the U.S. Cyber Command to counter cyber threats, and tasked the military services with providing support. This report examined the extent to which DoD and the U.S. Cyber Command have identified for the military services the: (1) roles and responsibilities; (2) command and control relationships; and (3) mission requirements and capabilities to enable them to organize, train, and equip for cyberspace operations. Includes recommend. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 27, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: U.S. Efforts to Vet Non-U.S. Vendors Need Improvement

by William M. Solis
Paperback, 46 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437987125

The DoD, State, and the USAID have collectively obligated billions of dollars for contracts and assistance to support U.S. efforts in Afghanistan. There are concerns that U.S. funds are being diverted to fund insurgent and criminal activity in Afghanistan. This review was initiated to identify DoD, State, and USAID efforts to vet non-U.S. contractors and assistance recipients in Afghanistan. It examines: (1) the extent to which DoD, State and USAID have established a process to vet non-U.S. vendors to ensure that resources are not used to support insurgents; and (2) the extent to which vetting information is shared among DoD, State, and USAID. Charts and tables.

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June 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Coast Guard

Coast Guard: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve Acquisiton Management Capabilities

by John P. Hutton
Paperback, 32 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437984614

The Coast Guard manages a broad $27 billion major acquisition portfolio intended to modernize its ships, aircraft, command and control systems, and other capabilities. Previous reports have discussed the Coast Guard’s significant acquisition challenges, including project challenges in its Deepwater program. They identified problems in costs, management, and oversight, but also recognized several steps the Coast Guard has taken to improve acquisition management. This report: (1) assessed Coast Guard capabilities to manage its major acquisition programs; and (2) determined the extent to which the Coast Guard leverages DoD and other agency contracts or expertise to support its major acquisition programs.

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May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Joint Strike Fighter

Joint Strike Fighter: Restructuring Places Program on Firmer Footing, but Progress Still Lags

by Michael Sullivan
Paperback, 52 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437984274

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the Dept. of Defense’s (DoD) most costly and ambitious aircraft acquisition, seeking to simultaneously develop and field three aircraft variants for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight international partners. The JSF is critical for recapitalizing tactical air forces and will require a long-term commitment to very large annual funding outlays. The current estimated investment is $382 billion to develop and procure 2,457 aircraft. This report discusses: (1) program cost and schedule changes and their implications on affordability; (2) progress made during 2010; (3) design and manufacturing maturity; and (4) test plans and progress. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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April 11, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

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