Over the last thirty years, every branch of the military has gone through cycles where inventory management of key parts has failed to forecast supply needs, or maintain the necessary parts on-site to ensure a high level of equipment and mission readiness.
The Department of Defense (DoD) manages several million secondary inventory items, such as spare parts, which have a value north of $100 billion. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) manages about one-fifth of this total.
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