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Army Logistics: Container Handling Equipment Requirements, Contracts, and Inventory

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Container handling equipment provides Army commanders with the flexibility they need to respond to rapidly shifting operations by supplying the capability to transport critical cargo. To support a versatile and expandable distribution system, the Army has five types of container handling equipment to carry both containerized and non-containerized or break bulk cargo flatracks, container roll-inout platforms CROPs, container handling units CHUs, enhanced container handling units E-CHUs, and container transfer enhancements CTEs. Flatracks, which can carry both containerized and break bulk cargo, and CROPs, which can carry only break bulk cargo, are structural steel frames. CHUs and E-CHUs attach to the lifting arm of a truck and allow for upload and offload of containers. The CTE is a modification to a trailer which allows the container to roll onto the trailer while being pushed by the CHUE-CHU. House Report 112-493 mandated GAO to provide a report to the congressional defense committees on the acquisition plan, requirement, and inventory for container handling equipment in the Army, including CROPs, flatracks, E-CHUs, CTEs, and similar equipment in use by the Army.1 Our objectives for this report were to describe 1 how the requirements for container handling equipment have changed since 1998 and when the corresponding contracts were awarded or delivery orders issued and 2 the current and projected inventories of container handling equipment. Enclosure 1 provides a copy of the slides detailing the results of our review that we used in briefing your offices on July 11, 2013.

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  • Containers and Packaging
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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