DoD official: Spare parts procurement remains fraught with waste

11 July 2013

Key Points

  • Performance-based logistics agreements can be inefficient from a cost standpoint, a senior DoD official said
  • The Pentagon would benefit from more collaboration between the services and DLA to gain better deals on spare parts

The US Department of Defense's (DoD's) individual service branches are too often buying spare parts directly from vendors instead of collaborating with the military's logistics organisation, sometimes resulting in a poorer deal, according to a senior DoD official.

Since 2011, audits examining spares have repeatedly discovered that the DoD buys many parts it already has, a consequence of the services and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) not co-operating or communicating effectively, the official told a handful of reporters during a lunch on 11 July.

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