An almost $400 million infusion into the Army’s Stryker program comes with strings attached from lawmakers who want to know more about a stockpile of unneeded replacement parts that built up at an Auburn warehouse during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
The defense budget President Barack Obama signed Christmas week sets aside the money to buy or modify Strykers, but it states the Army cannot spend the full amount until it tells Congress what it’s doing to dispose of the $900 million worth of Stryker parts Defense Department auditors found at the warehouse in 2012.
The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, orders Secretary of the Army John McHugh to produce a report to the House and Senate Armed Services committees that details whether any of the parts can still be used for a military purpose and outline what’s being done to sell the rest.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., requested the limitations on Stryker funding in the $526.8 billion defense bill. She wanted to hold the Army accountable to the recommendations outlined by the Defense Department Inspector General in its report on the parts stockpile, said a Democratic staff member on the House Armed Services Committee.