Security Assistance:

Excess Defense Articles for Foreign Countries

NSIAD-93-164FS: Published: Mar 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1993.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) proposed and actual transfers of, and the value of excess defense articles (EDA) provided to, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, and Oman; and (2) the status of equipment transfers to five North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries.

GAO found that: (1) the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Defense Security Assistance Agency (DSAA) do not have an integrated data management system to account for actual transfers of EDA; (2) without a data management system, it is difficult for the services to track EDA and follow DOD pricing directives; (3) including DSAA congressional notifications, the total acquisition value of proposed EDA transfers for the seven countries between fiscal years (FY) 1990 and 1992 was $2.5 billion; (4) the total value of EDA delivered pursuant to congressional notifications between FY 1990 and FY 1992 was $400 million; and (5) DSAA acknowledges that its data are unreliable and is developing a tracking system that will require standardized input from the services.

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