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DOD Inspector General Finds $900 Million Spare Part Stockpile


An M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle

The Army bought nearly $900 million worth of spare parts for the Stryker armored fighting vehicle even as the parts became obsolete or unnecessary, according to a report by the Defense Department Office of Inspector General.

An article in the Tacoma Wash., News Tribune described the stockpile:

Take, for instance, the $57 million worth of obsolete infrared equipment the Army has not installed in Strykers since 2007. It lingered at the Stryker warehouse until the Inspector General called attention to it last year.

Or, the 9,179 small replacement gears called pinions the Army bought as a temporary fix for a Stryker suspension problem that surfaced between 2007 and 2009. The Army took care of the root malfunction in 2010, but kept buying pinions.

It needed only 15 of the gears. The 9,164 extra pinions are worth $572,000, the Inspector General reported.

The spare parts piled up in a warehouse outside Auburn Wash., where neither the contractor nor the Army kept track of the inventory.

Read more about the extra parts, and what will be done with them, in The News Tribune.

Image from Flickr user U.S. Army Korea (Historical Image Archive).

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Defense, Department of Defense (DOD), Wasteful Defense Spending

Authors: Andre Francisco

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