Warfighter Support: Improved Cost Analysis and Better Oversight Needed over Army Nonstandard Equipment
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Army has divided nonstandard equipment into two broad categories Nontactical nonstandard equipment, which consists primarily of durable goods that are used to provide services for soldiers as well as foreign governments. This equipment includes but is not limited to fire trucks and ambulances, as well as equipment used for laundry and food service. Most of this equipment has been acquired through the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program LOGCAP and is managed and sustained by contractors under the LOGCAP contract hereinafter referred to as contractor-managed, government-owned property.5 Tactical nonstandard equipment, which is commercially acquired or nondevelopmental equipment that is rapidly acquired and fielded outside the normal Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution System and acquisition processes, in order to bridge capability gaps and meet urgent warfighter needs. According to Army documents, as of March 2011, 36.5 percent of all Army equipment in Iraq was contractor-managed, government-owned property, with a value of approximately 2.5 billion. Furthermore, as of March 2011 an additional 10.7 percent of Army equipment in Iraq, valued at approximately 1.6 billion, was categorized as nonstandard equipment. According to Army officials, all equipment standard and nonstandard must be out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.
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