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DEFENSE LOGISTICS: Actions Needed to Improve the Availability of Critical Items during Current and Future Operations

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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U.S. troops experienced shortages of seven of the nine items GAO reviewed. According to the 2004 National Military Strategy, U.S. forces expect to have sufficient quantities of the right items at the right time. However, demand for the seven items exceeded availability sometime between October 2002 and September 2004. The documented impact of these shortages varied between combat units. For example, while units in the 3rd Infantry Division reported that tire shortages reduced their operational capability, forcing them to abandon equipment, the 4th Infantry Division reported no similar effect.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]