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Recommendations for Executive Action

To better enable senior DOD leadership to assess the department’s reliance on contractors to execute future operations and to improve the ability of combatant commanders to effectively identify contract support requirements in their operation plans, we recommend that the Secretary of Defense direct the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, to take the following two actions:

As part of the ongoing revision of the Annex W template, clarify and specify the appropriate level of detail that should be included in an Annex W based on the degree to which the plan provides details on the size and capabilities of military forces and how the plan envisions those forces being used. The revised template should be completed consistent with the transition of the funding of the contract support planners from appropriations provided for overseas contingency operations to the defense budget. Update DOD’s guidance for contingency planning to clarify and specify the level of plans that require an Annex W or similarly detailed discussion of operational contract support requirements.

To improve the integration of operational contract support requirements throughout combatant command operation plans, we recommend that the Secretary of Defense direct the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, to take the following two actions:

Require all base plans to include an assumption on the potential use and role of contractors. Require the base plans and nonlogistics annexes of operation plans to address the potential need for contractor support where appropriate (e.g., intelligence and communications annexes).

To ensure that the department effectively institutionalizes the required organizational approach to addressing operational contract support in its operation plans, we recommend that the Secretary of Defense direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Joint Staff Director for Logistics to take the following three actions:

Clarify the roles and missions of the joint operational contract support planners and the JCASO and the relationship between both functions. Take steps to ensure that both functions are adequately staffed and funded to meet their missions. Incorporate both of these initiatives in DOD’s operational contract support guidance.

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GAO-10-472 Warfighter Support

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