The Pentagon cannot account for over 1 million F-35 Joint Strike Fighter spare parts since 2018, totaling over $85 million, according to a new May report from the Government Accountability Office .
The F-35 jet is the Department of Defense’s costliest weapon system, and the program’s life cycle is projected to cost over $1.7 trillion.
Despite the project’s massive cost, the DOD’s F-35 Joint Program Office does not manage or keep track of the parts in its global spare parts pool located in 50 domestic and international non-prime contractor facilities.
“The F-35 Joint Program Office does not track or enter these spare parts into an accountable property system of record that could enable it to capture and store real-time changes to property records,” GAO reported. “Currently, the prime contractors maintain this information.”Spare parts for the jet include everything from engines, tires, […]
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