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DoD OIG — DoD Cardholders Used Their Government Travel Cards for Personal Use at Casinos and Adult Entertainment Establishments

June 24, 2015 Comments off

DoD Cardholders Used Their Government Travel Cards for Personal Use at Casinos and Adult Entertainment Establishments (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

Objective
Our objective was to determine whether DoD Government travel charge card holders used their card for personal use at casinos or adult entertainment establishments. Public Law 112-194, “Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012,” requires the Inspector General of each executive agency with more than $10 million in travel card spending to periodically audit or review travel card programs. We focused on individually billed travel cards. Cardholders are personally and financially liable for payment of all undisputed charges, including personal use, indicated on the billing statement, not the government.

Finding
DoD cardholders improperly used their Government travel charge card (GTCC) for personal use at casinos and adult entertainment establishments. From July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, DoD cardholders had 4,437 transactions totaling $952,258, where they likely used their travel cards at casinos for personal use and had 900 additional transactions for $96,576 at adult entertainment establishments. Specifically, we reviewed seven nonstatistically selected cardholders who had 76 transactions valued at $19,643 to confirm that our analysis identified personal use at casinos and adult entertainment establishments from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
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Department of Defense Base Structure Report — FY 2014 Baseline

June 23, 2015 Comments off

Department of Defense Base Structure Report — FY 2014 Baseline (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Base Structure Report (BSR) – FY 2014 Baseline is a snapshot of real property data collected from the Military Departments as of September 30, 2013, and serves as the baseline for the start of the next fiscal year. This report has become a very popular item for many diverse users, and we have tried to adjust the data displays to reflect the most common information requested from DoD regularly. This year’s BSR is being published significantly later than in past years due. This year has seen a series of new data systems development and efforts to update or modernize the collection process, so we experienced some temporary data anomalies that needed to be researched. We held the publication of the BSR to resolve these areas of concerns before publication. Even though it is a late release, it was deemed important to have a version of this year’s data available for all who use this report. However, it should be noted that there may be some variances between last year’s data and this year’s data with the Army’s acreage information.

As one of the Federal government’s larger holders of real estate, the DoD manages a global real property portfolio consisting of more than 562,000 facilities (buildings, structures, and linear structures), located on over 4,800 sites worldwide and covering over 24.7 million acres. While the BSR is not intended to answer every single question about DoD’s real property portfolio, it should provide most readers with accurate background information about the vast majority of issues regarding DoD’s real property infrastructure.

DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan

June 16, 2015 Comments off

DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The inaugural “Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” a report to Congress in accordance with Section 1225 of the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291), was provided to Congress yesterday evening. This report covers December 1, 2014 to May 31.

On December 31, 2014, the NATO ISAF mission concluded, and on January 1, Resolute Support – a non-combat mission dedicated to training, advising, and assisting the Afghanistan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF) and Afghan security ministries – was established. Afghans have assumed responsibility for the security of their nation, but Resolute Support remains committed to preparing the ANDSF for the difficult fight ahead.

During the reporting period, anti-Afghan forces continued to present a formidable threat; as President Ghani acknowledged while addressing Congress on March 25, Afghanistan is “a critical frontline nation in the war against extremism.”

The ANDSF has fought this war with resilience and professionalism, and their capabilities continue to improve. By the end of May, the force had achieved significant advancements in light airlift, casualty evacuation, and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Although considerable challenges remain, the Department of Defense is confident that the ANDSF has the capabilities, capacities, and morale to set the conditions for Afghan-led reconciliation.

DoD Announces New Law of War Manual

June 16, 2015 Comments off

DoD Announces New Law of War Manual
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Today, the Department of Defense has issued the first-ever DoD-wide Law of War Manual.
The manual is the product of a multi-year effort by military and civilian lawyers from across the Defense Department to develop a department-wide resource for military commanders, legal practitioners, and other military and civilian personnel on the international law principles governing armed conflict.

Although all of the services have previously published respected works on the law of war, which have served as valuable resources for their personnel, DoD has never before published a department-wide law of war manual.

Preempting mass murder: improving law enforcement risk assessments of persons with mental illness

June 9, 2015 Comments off

Preempting mass murder: improving law enforcement risk assessments of persons with mental illness
Source: Naval Postgraduate School

Across the United States, mass murder events have been on the rise for nearly a decade. This thesis found that persons with serious mental illness perpetrated a statistically significant number of these events. Currently, law enforcement agencies are often the first—and in many communities the only resource—available to assist and assess mentally ill persons in crisis. This thesis investigated the current state of law enforcement training as it relates to assessing dangerousness and the risk for violence among persons with serious mental illness. It found that there is very little training and no risk assessment tool or guide currently available to assist law enforcement officers tasked with assessing mentally ill persons for dangerousness. Subsequently, this thesis examined alternative methods and models for assessing risk, including clinical violence risk assessments, and it conducted summary case studies. These included cases in which mentally ill persons committed acts of mass murder and cases where law enforcement successfully intervened and prevented mentally ill persons from carrying out planned violence. As a result of this research and analysis, a field risk assessment guide has been developed and recommended for adoption to aid law enforcement officers in assessing the dangerousness of mentally ill persons.

Department of Defense Awards $149 Million in Research Funding

June 6, 2015 Comments off

Department of Defense Awards $149 Million in Research Funding
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) today announced it will issue 22 awards totaling $149 million over the next five years to academic institutions to perform multidisciplinary basic research. The Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program supports research by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline in order to accelerate research progress. Most of the program’s efforts involve researchers from multiple academic institutions and academic departments.

Based on the proposals selected in the fiscal year 2015 competition, a total of 55 academic institutions are expected to participate in these 22 research efforts. The highly competitive MURI program complements other DOD basic research efforts that support traditional, single-investigator university research grants by supporting multidisciplinary teams with larger and longer awards, in carefully chosen research topics identified for their potential for significant and sustained progress. Like single investigator awards, MURI awards provide strong support for the education and training of graduate students in new, cutting edge research. In addition to university research, DOD also supports basic research at its laboratories and in industry.

Over the past 29 years, the DOD’s MURI program has resulted in significant capabilities for our military forces and opened up entirely new lines of research.

DoD Release of the Report of Military and Security Developments in China

May 14, 2015 Comments off

DoD Release of the Report of Military and Security Developments in China
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

Department of Defense released the “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China”. This annual report informs Congress of the Department of Defense’s assessment of military and security developments involving China.

As stipulated by law, the report is a DoD product and is transmitted to Congress by the secretary of defense. It is coordinated with other agencies and departments across the U.S. government and is the authoritative assessment from the United States government on military and security developments involving China.

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