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Improper storage damaging $1.8 billion in Army ground combat equipment

October 17, 2023

Jaime Moore-Carrillo

Army Times

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Armor School prepare for a Stryker Live Fire Exercise Feb. 2, 2022, at Ware Range, Fort Benning, Georgia. (U.S. Army/photo by Patrick A. Albright)


By Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Army Times / October 17, 2023

Around $1.8 billion in Army ground combat equipment is “deteriorating or at increased risk of deterioration” due to improper storage, Defense Department investigators have found.

A Department of Defense Office of Inspector General report published Monday uncovered critical deficiencies in how the Pentagon maintains and protects core components of the Army’s land capabilities. The shortfalls, the report warns, could endanger personnel, waste millions, and undermine readiness as the Army attempts to retool its logistical network for conflict across multiple theaters.

Investigators inspected $1.96 billion worth of equipment stored at two distribution centers controlled by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Defense Department bureau tasked with managing the military’s sprawling supply chains. The DLA’s distribution division, responsible for storing and disseminating materiel, handled a total $3.87 billion of Army ground combat gear as of July 2022, according to the report.

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