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Contractors Have Ability to Meet Requirements for Rations During Wartime

NSIAD-94-180: Published: Aug 9, 1994. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional requirement, GAO reviewed the: (1) Department of Defense's (DOD) ability to meet wartime requirements for Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE) rations; and (2) difference between Desert Storm and current MRE wartime requirements.

GAO found that: (1) the current MRE and tray pack suppliers have surge capacity that substantially exceeds current wartime requirements; (2) if MRE contractors produced rations at maximum capacity for 150 days, the MRE inventory would more than double and the tray pack inventory would increase by more than 20 percent; (3) the current DOD wartime requirement of 70 million MRE is more realistic than the 245 million MRE ordered to support Operation Desert Storm; (4) the services over-ordered MRE during Desert Storm because the war only lasted for several weeks rather than 1 year; (5) there are currently 56 million MRE available for DOD contingencies; and (6) DOD is conducting a market survey to determine if contract options should be exercised for fiscal years 1995 and 1996.

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