Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the processes used by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps to develop their fiscal year (FY) 1982 budgets for aircraft spares and repair parts, the subsequent procurement plans for these items, and the adequacy of management information systems to address the problems associated with these items.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Air Force||1. The Secretary of the Air Force should speed up the testing and validation of the WARS model, as well as mission essentiality coding, and use these tools in procuring spares and repair parts to fill war reserve material requirements.|
|Department of Defense||2. The Secretary of Defense should closely monitor the military services' actions to overcome systemic shortcomings with their requirements determination process to ensure proper resolution of the reported problems.|
|Department of Defense||3. The Secretary of Defense should require the Secretary of the Air Force to make limited tests of the feasibility of generically coding aircraft items, based on the material trends identified in the Joint Aeronautical Material Activity Reports, to identify the causes of lengthening lead times. Based on the test results, if it is determined that shortages of certain critical materials, components, or manufacturing processes are the causes of lengthening lead times, the Secretary of Defense should pursue alternatives for resolving problems.|