Air Force Could Reduce War Reserve Requirements of Spares and Repair Parts for Combat-Ready Units

LCD-75-444: Published: Aug 27, 1976. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1976.

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War reserves are materials required in addition to peacetime assets to support planned wartime activities. A study was conducted to determine how these investments in spare parts could be reduced in the most cost-effective manner.

The cost of acquiring these reserves has increased greatly, and the cost of acquiring stocks to meet the requirements computed by the Air Force far exceeds available funds. GAO proposed several alternatives for reducing investments in spare and repair parts and, at the same time, providing effective support.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should evaluate the reasonableness of the Air Force's practice of providing a 30-day supply of spare and repair parts for units to deploy overseas. The Secretary should require the Secretary of the Air Force to: (1) use a high air transportation priority for order and shipping time in calculating requirements for critical and expensive electronic components needed as war reserves to support overseas combat units; and (2) eliminate the procedure of computing separate safety levels for peacetime and war reserve stocks for overseas combat units.

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