Operation Desert Storm: No Evidence That Foreign Suppliers Refused to Support War Effort
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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We have reviewed available information relating to allegations reported in the media that foreign suppliers did not fully cooperate in supplying items needed by the U.S. industry to support the Persian Gulf War effort. The media reported allegations that during the Persian Gulf crisis 1 foreign suppliers said they could not delay work on their commercial contracts and, therefore, refused to expedite their efforts to supply U.S. defense contractors with parts and components urgently needed for the war effort and 2 the U.S. government had to go hat in hand to foreign governments on nearly 30 cases and ask for their assistance in expediting delivery of the urgently needed parts and components from foreign suppliers. Our objectives were to 1 assess the validity of these allegations and 2 identify whether the Department of Defense DOD had a policy encouraging the establishment of alternative domestic sources for the production of parts and components for which the United States must now depend on foreign suppliers. In spite of our extensive efforts, we found no evidence to substantiate the allegations reported in the media concerning foreign suppliers refusal to expedite deliveries of parts and components needed for the Gulf War effort.
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