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but rather to determine the extent to which the report met mandated requirements
and whether the report could be improved.
We conducted this performance audit from May 2011 through October 2011 in
accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Those
standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain sufficient, appropriate
evidence to provide a reasonable basis for our findings and conclusions based on
our audit objectives. We believe that the evidence obtained provides a reasonable
basis for our findings and conclusions based on our audit objectives.
Results in Brief
DOD's 2011 sustainable ranges report meets the annual reporting requirement, that
DOD describe the progress made in implementing its sustainable ranges plan and
any additional actions taken, or to be taken, to address training constraints caused
by limitations on the use of military lands, marine areas, and airspace. However,
opportunities exist to improve future report submissions. DOD's 2011 report provides
updates to the following four elements that section 366 required be included in
DOD's original submissions in response to section 366.5
* Adequacy of resources: DOD has continued to improve the section of its
report that evaluates the adequacy of existing range resources to meet
requirements by (1) providing a brief description of the mission for each of
DOD's ranges; (2) adding a section on historical information, results, and
future projections to the individual range assessments; and (3) providing
comments explaining how a range complex's capabilities or encroachment
issues are affecting training and any planned actions to remedy the situation.
* Updates of actions and milestones: The 2011 report includes a common
framework of goals and updated actions and milestones for the services to
measure past performance and progress toward achieving their training and
range sustainability objectives; however, the updates do not fully explain the
progress made. We found that there is insufficient information presented in
the 2011 report to effectively track and measure the overall progress of each
action and related milestones based solely on the information presented for
the respective milestone's description and estimated completion date.
Specifically, it does not provide narrative to indicate whether an action or
milestone has changed in comparison to its entry in the 2010 report in the
following three ways: (1) some of the milestones reported in the 2011 report
moved their 2010 completion dates, (2) some actions or milestones in the
2010 report do not appear in the 2011 report because they were completed in
5 In addition to DOD's comprehensive plan to address training constraints, section 366 also required
DOD to develop a plan to improve its readiness system to reflect the readiness impact of training
constraints, among other things. Since 2007, DOD has included information concerning its plans to
improve its readiness reporting system in its annual sustainable ranges reports.
GAO-12-13R Military Training
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Military Training: DOD's Report on the Sustainability of Training Ranges Meets Annual Reporting Requirements but Could Be Improved, text, October 19, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298496/m1/3/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.