The Government Accountability Office has determined five key areas that hinder theÂ Defense Department‘s capacity to complete its missions.
GAO said in a report published TuesdayÂ DoD’s operational obstacles include cyberspace threats and cyber expansion requirements, escalating program costs, human capital management, efficiencies in defense business operations andÂ a need to rebalance its military forces.
Each military branch encounters specific readiness challenges that resulted from budget constraints which then led to the lack ofÂ training, maintenance and modernization requirements.
The government watchdog agency also discoveredÂ that annual military health costs are expected to rise to approximately $70 billion in fiscal year 2028.
GAO urged DoD to address financial management deficiencies which coverÂ improper payments to contractors and use of expensive leased facilities.
The report also recommended DoD to implement a new comprehensive compensation strategy for military personnel to meet current retention and recruitment targets.
Previous GAO reports have determined four factors which impactÂ DoD limitations including a lack of sustained leadership involvement, gaps inÂ strategic planning and performance monitoring, budget, resource and program misalignment as well asÂ management control system issues.
GAOÂ has made more than 3,000 recommendations to help the DoD address operational challenges and approximately 1,030 of the recommendations remain open including 78 priority recommendations.