Army Deployment: Better Transportation Planning Is Needed - GAO Report
|Date:||June 18, 1987|
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Defense contingency planning
Railroad transportation operations
Army Computerized Movement Planning and Status System
Army Mobility and Analysis Planning System
GAO discussed the Army's ability to mobilize and move forces to ports of debarkation within the time frames of its operational plans, including: (1) the availability of the required transportation resources; and (2) the adequacy of unit and installation plans and preparations to use them.
GAO found that: (1) because the Army has not identified what equipment it needs to move to mobilization stations, identifying the number or types of transportation resources it needs is difficult; (2) mobilization station commanders and transportation operating agencies believe that the Computerized Movement Planning and Status System (COMPASS) is inaccurate and outdated; (3) the outloading capability of mobilization stations varies from the Military Traffic Management Command's (MTMC) requirements; (4) deterioration of rail lines impedes movement of units to and from mobilization stations; (5) the Army has not determined mobilization stations' out-load capacities and capabilities to receive, off-load, and return transportation resources; (6) the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) overstated its requirements for blocking, bracing, packing, crating, and tie-down (BBPCT) materials and warehouses by about $10 million; and (7) FORSCOM overstated its needs for railcar spanners, hand tool sets, and loading ramps by $5.5 million.