“Spending for operation and maintenance (O&M) supports the military services’ day-to-day activities, such as training military units, maintaining equipment, recruiting service members, operating military bases, and providing administrative services. DoD typically cites the readiness of military units to perform their missions in wartime as the primary justification for its O&M budget requests to the Congress. DoD, however, has not been able to clearly identify the relationship between the department’s O&M spending and the readiness of military units. Nor has the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) analysiswhich used historical data to attempt to establish statistical relationships between O&M spending and readiness for selected unitsyielded a well-defined linkage. Those efforts were not fruitful, largely because the information needed to determine that linkageeffective measures of readiness and detailed data on spendingis not readily available or may not, in fact, exist.”
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