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New GAO Report on Tactical Aircraft Investments

New GAO Report on Tactical Aircraft Investments

New GAO Report on Tactical Aircraft Investments
Bill Kobren

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report of interest to the community entitled “GAO-23-106375 Tactical Aircraft Investments: DOD Needs Additional Portfolio Analysis to Inform Future Budget Decisions”.

According to the GAO, “DOD is upgrading its fleet of fighter and attack planes, known as tactical aircraft. Most of these planes—purchased in the 1970s and 80s—have outlived their planned service lives. Over the next 5 years, DOD is proposing to spend nearly $100 billion on major investments and changes to its current mix of tactical aircraft. This includes modernizing existing aircraft, buying and developing new aircraft, and retiring a significant number of aircraft We recommended that DOD analyze its portfolio of tactical aircraft investments, including interdependencies and tradeoffs among the different planes, and report on its findings to Congress.”