Improved Processes Can Reduce Requirements for Air Force War Reserve Spare Parts

Gao ID: PLRD-83-81 July 8, 1983

GAO reviewed the Air Force processes for determining requirements for war reserve spare parts.

At the only air logistics center reviewed, GAO found that war reserve requirements on 20 of the 32 sample items used on the F-15 radar system were overstated by $12.6 million. Requirements were inaccurate and unrealistic because computations were not adjusted to reflect changes in item failure rates or configuration changes in aircraft components. GAO found that the air logistics center had initiated purchase action on 10 items having planned procurements valued at $10.1 million, but $6.7 million was for unneeded parts. GAO requested the center to review these and certain other radar items to determine if additional stock was needed. The Air Force terminated the planned purchase of 13 items, totaling about $2.6 million, of which $942,000 related to two items in the GAO sample.


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