Defense Can Save Time and Money by Exploring Alternatives to Construction of New Cargo Ships for Rapid Deployment Force

Gao ID: PLRD-81-55 July 27, 1981

GAO reviewed the sealift requirements for the Rapid Deployment Force as of May 1981 and the opportunities that effect management improvements which could result in substantial savings.

GAO believes that significant cost savings and mission benefits might be achieved by acquiring and converting existing Roll-On/Roll-Off ships for the Maritime Prepositioning Ships fleet. These ships are currently in the Merchant Marine or are under construction. By doing this, the Department of Defense could reduce the number of ships slated for new construction and could satisfy its mission requirements much earlier than would be possible under the current plan at substantially lower costs.


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