GAO: DoD Should Establish Oversight Processes, Assign Leadership to Implement EMS Strategy

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has offered five recommendations to help the Department of Defense (DoD) implement its latest strategy for addressing challenges related to the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and ensure superiority in EMS.

GAO said Thursday the DoD secretary should direct the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to determine processes needed to provide for integrated defensewide strategy, budgeting and planning related to EMS operations and propose operational, management, governance and organizational reforms related to EMS.

The Pentagon chief should designate clear responsibility to a senior official to initiate action for the long-term implementation of the 2020 EMS strategy, release an actionable implementation plan within 180 days after issuance of the latest strategy and establish oversight processes to facilitate the implementation of the EMS strategy.

DoD released its latest EMS strategy in September 2020, according to the congressional watchdog.

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