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Defense Aircraft Mission Capable Rates Generally Did Not Meet Goals

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Department of Defense spends tens of billions of dollars annually to sustain existing weapon systems in an effort to ensure these systems are ready for potential conflicts and other missions. Aircraft--like fighter jets and helicopters--are one category of weapon systems in DOD's arsenal. In a new report out today, GAO assessed the condition and costs of sustaining DOD's aircraft. We talk with GAO's Diana Maurer--an expert on defense strategy and DOD weapon system sustainment and a director in our Defense Capabilities and Management Team.