Committee directed us to conduct an assessment of the implementation of DOD guidance on including contract support plans in contingency operation plans.9 The committee also asked us to look across DOD’s plans and evaluate each plan’s assumptions, comprehensiveness, feasibility, adequacy of executable detail, resources required and available, contracting-related operational risk at each phase of the plan, and any other aspect of contracting support planning. In designing and conducting our assessment, our objectives were to determine (1) what progress DOD has made in developing operational contract support annexes for its operation plans, (2) the extent to which operational contract support requirements are included in other sections of operation plans, and (3) what progress the department has made in establishing a long-term capability to ensure the inclusion of operational contract support requirements in operation plans.
To address our objectives, we met with and obtained documentation from officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff to review key guidance on how contingency operation plans are drafted and reviewed and obtain an understanding of how operational contract support is addressed in this guidance. We visited all of the geographic combatant commands as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Joint Forces Command, and some combatant command service components to discuss their roles in drafting contingency operation plans, how operational contract support was addressed in those plans, and other related efforts to improve the preparation and planning for working with contractors in future operations. We reviewed some base plans and annexes at the combatant commands, comparing them to DOD’s guidance on plan development as well as its operational contract support guidance in order to determine how well these documents incorporated contract support. Specifically, we reviewed 7 of the 34 Annex Ws drafted or approved as of February 2010, 3 base plans, 4 Annex Ds (logistics), and contractor-related excerpts of a base plan and Annex D. However, because DOD limited our access to its operation plans, we were unable to provide a comprehensive assessment of each plan’s assumptions, comprehensiveness, feasibility, adequacy of executable detail, and other aspects of operational contract support as directed in the mandate. Nevertheless, we believe that the excerpts of plans and annexes DOD
9 Operation plan refers to any plan for the conduct of military operations prepared in response to actual and potential contingencies. It also refers to a complete and detailed joint plan with all annexes and time-phased force and deployment data. We use the term to refer to all plans developed through DOD’s contingency planning process.
GAO-10-472 Warfighter Support