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Newly Released GAO Report on Military Readiness

Newly Released GAO Report on Military Readiness

Newly Released GAO Report on Military Readiness
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued an important new report of interest to the DoD life cycle logistics, product support, and sustainment workforce entitled “GAO-23-106673 Military Readiness: Improvement in Some Areas, but Sustainment and Other Challenges Persist”. Highly recommend taking a look at this report.

According to the GAO, “We testified that the Department of Defense faces several challenges as it works to rebuild and restore readiness across the military while also modernizing its forces. For example, we've previously reported the Navy's ship maintenance backlog has grown to $1.8 billion, maintenance and supply issues limit the availability of aging aircraft, and space readiness goals are unclear.

Although the readiness of ground forces—such as the Army and Marine Corps—has increased, the readiness of sea forces declined from FY 2017 through FY 2021. Readiness of aviation and space forces increased in some areas and declined in others. Readiness ratings increased in the ground domain and declined in the sea domain from fiscal year 2017 through fiscal year 2021—the most recent data at the time of GAO's analysis—with mixed changes in the air and space domains.
The report goes on to state “GAO's prior work has identified a wide range of persistent challenges in each domain as the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks to improve readiness. Looking to the future, DOD will have to balance rebuilding the readiness of its existing force with its desire to modernize. DOD is developing and deploying new weapon systems and considering new approaches for how its units organize and operate. However, DOD will depend on much of today’s force for decades to come, requiring continued focus on the readiness of its existing forces.”