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New GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Missile Defense

  • AFGHANISTAN: Changes to Updated U.S. Civil-Military Strategic Framework Reflect Evolving U.S. Role, GAO-14-438R: Published: Apr 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2014: “Although the October 2012 and the August 2013 versions of the U.S. Civil-Military Strategic Framework for Afghanistan have similarities, the two versions differ in several aspects. These differences reflect, among other things, the U.S. government’s heightened emphasis on the transition, through the end of 2014, of security responsibility for Afghanistan to Afghan security institutions and the Afghan National Security Forces as well as the transition in U.S. policy toward a more traditional diplomatic and development model. Both versions of the framework address four categories of U.S. efforts in support of U.S. national goals in Afghanistan, with security, the first category, as the foundation for the other three categories, or “pillars”–governance, rule of law, and socioeconomic development.”
  • MISSILE DEFENSE: Mixed Progress in Achieving Acquisition Goals and Improving Accountability, GAO-14-351: Published: Apr 1, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 2014: “In fiscal year 2013, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) made mixed progress in achieving its acquisition goals to develop, test, and produce elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). For the first time, MDA conducted an operational flight test that involved warfighters from several combatant commands using multiple BMDS elements simultaneously. The agency also successfully conducted several developmental flight tests that demonstrated key capabilities and modifications made to resolve prior production issues. However, the Aegis BMD and Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) continued to experience testing and development challenges.”

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