Highlights of GAO-09-131, a report to congressional committees
Amid ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army embarked in 2004 on a plan to create a modular, brigade-based force that would be equally capable as its divisional predecessor in part because it would have advanced equipment and specialized personnel. GAO has previously reported that restructuring and rebuilding the Army will require billions of dollars for equipment and take years to complete. For this report, GAO assessed the extent to which the Army has;
What GAO Recommends
GAO recommends that the Army develop and report to Congress a results-oriented plan, that includes milestones that better links funding to results; complete a plan for developing doctrine for its modular forces; and better assess the effectiveness of modular forces with authorized levels of equipment and personnel. Because DOD’s comments disagreed or were not fully responsive to these recommendations, GAO elevated them to Congress for consideration.