If you have been around the Navy long enough you know that the supply system is broken and that there is never the part you need in it. The funny thing is that the Navy currently has $7.5 billion in parts that it doesn't need. The GAO has called us on the carpet for our wasteful practices, poor management and unnecessary purchases.
The Navy had $6.8 billion in surplus supplies that were not needed in fiscal year 2007. Here's when those supplies would be needed, according to a government report: During the next 2 years: 28%; Up to 10 years: 37%; After 10 years or more: 7%; and Never: 28%.
It is nice that we have $1.9 billion in worthless parts that will never be used. I can think of much better uses for that kind of cash, like more subs. Also, there was about $3.7 billion worth of unusable spare parts that needed to be repaired before being put into service, the report says. Why are we buying and keeping defective or unusable parts?
These are your tax dollars at work and Big Navy showing how not to do it.