ABSTRACT

Weapons of Mass Destruction: DoD Reporting on Cooperative Threat Reduction Assistance Can Be Improved, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 253KB]

"Since 1991, Congress has authorized DOD to help the [former soviet] republics (1) destroy nuclear, chemical, and other weapons of mass destruction (including strategic nuclear delivery vehicles); (2) transport, store, and safeguard such weapons in connection with their destruction; and (3) prevent the proliferation of such weapons. DOD manages the various CTR projects aimed at assisting Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine-the four republics that inherited the FSU'S weapons of mass destruction. In reviewing DOD'S report to Congress, we found the following shortcomings: The report does not fully present all of DOD'S audit and examination activities for fiscal year 1995, as required, and does not describe how DOD plans such activities. The report does not describe the condition of the assistance, as required, and contains outdated and inaccurate listings of CTR assistance deliveries. While the report is dated January 5, 1995, it was not issued until May 31, 1995. Moreover, the list of CTR deliveries that the report includes is dated February 2, 1995. After that date and through May 1995, DOD delivered CTR aid worth over $38 million. The limited number of projects DOD reviewed raises questions about the basis for DOD'S program-wide determination that CTR assistance-with one classified exception-has been accounted for and used for its intended purpose. According to DOD'S report, this determination was based on information on 9 of the 23 projects for which CTR-provided assistance was being used. Of these nine projects, only three had actually been audited. Other sources of information for the projects included random observations by U.S. technical teams, recipient-provided data, and national technical means."

Report Number:
GAO/NSIAD-95-191
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Date:
1995-09-01
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office (GAO): http://www.gao.gov/
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