Chemical Warfare

Planning for Protective Chemical Shelters Needs To Be Improved Gao ID: NSIAD-87-61 February 13, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Air Force plans to acquire chemical protection shelters at overseas locations to: (1) evaluate the Air Force's requirements and planning, particularly for long-term rest and relief; and (2) determine if the Air Force could reduce overall costs.

GAO found that, when the Air Force was installing the first survivable collective protection systems (SCPS), it: (1) was still in the process of identifying the necessary support items and establishing the policies and requirements for its operations; (2) had not determined what equipment and supplies were necessary to operate SCPS after construction; (3) had not identified training and personnel requirements for peacetime and wartime maintenance operations; (4) had established requirements for over 1,400 SCPS in Europe, but its calculations did not include mobile units that could use transportable chemical shelters rather than SCPS; (5) overstated its long-term requirements at three missile bases; and (6) did not know the total SCPS program cost.


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