The Government Accountability Office has asked the U.S. Air Force to revisit the service’s A-10 retirement proposal called on the Defense Department to set quality information requirements for weapon system divestments.
GAO released a report on Wednesday that examines the quality of information the Air Force and DoD used in their A-10 divestment move and practices adopted to estimate cost savings from the divestment.
Auditors claimed to find a lack of quality information from DoD and Air Force on the implications of A-10 divestment such as the gaps that may arise from that decision and the mitigation alternatives.
GAO says any move to divest the fleet will result in reduced capacity and capability in ongoing operations and combatant commander operational plans.
Auditors also found a lack of clear requirements on the part of the Air Force to mitigate potential negative impacts from the planned A-10 divestments and the absence of DoD guidance for quality information that would inform divestment decisions.
GAO wants the Air Force to identify mission gaps, risks and mitigation strategies with regard to the A-10 before the service proposes to divest the fleet.