Medical instruments supply shortages hit the U.S. military, defense

Military equipment and spare parts for military-to-military and civilian-to­military missions are often at a premium, and supply issues are among the most pressing concerns of military commanders and the Defense Department.

And in recent years, the U,S.

Army and Navy have been struggling to get enough military-grade components to meet requirements for military vehicles, including tanks, helicopters and fighter jets.

The Pentagon has been spending billions on equipment and other supplies, but the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) says the shortage has made it harder to keep up with the rapid pace of supply requirements.

In January, DLA issued its “Sustainment of Military Equipment and Services” report, noting that it had been unable to meet the current production needs for all of its supply chains for the military. 

The report noted that there were about 8,700 orders for military gear in the U.,S.

for the fiscal year ending in June 2017, which totaled $6.7 billion, up 3.7 percent from the same period a year earlier.

It said about 20 percent of those orders were for non-lethal supplies. 

DLA also noted that the Army’s logistics organization had not completed the expected supply chain review, which would have allowed the Army to allocate funds to the military for the supply chain to fulfill its planned increase in military vehicle production. 

“It is a significant challenge,” DLA spokesman Michael Krasny said.

“As an agency, we are committed to working with the military to ensure that all of our military supply needs are met.” 

The shortage is affecting the Pentagon’s ability to supply equipment to the armed forces.

The DLA reported that it received 5,500 requests for items that are critical to the performance of its warfighting missions during fiscal year 2017, up about 15 percent from fiscal year 2016.

In fiscal year 2020, it received about 2,000 such requests, a 3 percent increase from fiscal years 2017 and 2018. 

In April, the Defense Science Board, a non-partisan research and advisory group, called for an immediate increase in the military’s procurement requirements, including an end to delays in the issuance of new equipment orders. 

Meanwhile, the Air Force and the Marine Corps have been facing similar shortages of military-type supplies that were not previously made available. 

An Air Force spokesman said in a statement that the Air National Guard is currently working with its suppliers to provide additional inventory for the 2018 fiscal year and beyond.

The Air Force’s chief of staff said that while the military is in a challenging position due to the recent surge in military equipment, the Army has been able to purchase a significant portion of its equipment from suppliers that have fulfilled the demand for the equipment. 

MILITARY EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES SUPPLY REQUIREMENTS The DLA report cited a lack of adequate procurement authority for the Department of Defense and a shortage of military equipment that has led to delays and cost increases.

The report noted a significant lack of support from the Department’s civilian procurement system. 

It said that during the first three months of 2017, the number of new Army-to‐Army contracts for military equipment and supplies had increased only 0.3 percent from last year.

The average annual increase in Army procurement is 3.5 percent, but for equipment and support supplies the average annual growth is 6.1 percent.

The most recent data for procurement of Army equipment and supply is from fiscal 2016.