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Pentagon aviation officers cite spare parts as a readiness challenge

09 November 2017

Key Points

  • Pentagon aviation officers said readiness shortfalls hurt spare parts procurement
  • A shortage of spare parts keeps aircraft grounded

Pentagon aviation officers testified on 9 November that they could use additional funding to help shore up challenges involving spare parts for aircraft.

Lieutenant General Chris Nowland, USAF deputy chief of staff for operations, told the House Armed Services (HASC) readiness subcommittee that the Pentagon’s readiness shortfall makes getting spare parts to far-flung bases such as Kadena Air Base in Japan difficult. Lt Gen Nowland said that while weapon sustainment is well, the service still needs to improve delivery mechanisms and logistics.

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