Need a car? DoD’s got a fleet of spares

Hey, Pentagon, can we borrow some wheels?

Turns out, the military’s got plenty of extra vehicles just sitting around in the Washington area, according to a new inspector general report. The IG found “511 excess nontactical vehicles, including 89 vehicles driven less than 1,000 miles,” meaning many of the cars and trucks owned by the Navy, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, and Washington Headquarters Services are just sitting in their parking spots.

Eliminating these unneeded vehicles would save about $7.2 million over the next 6 years, the report estimates. That’s enough to grind the gears of government-spending hawks. In addition, the report found that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service didn’t have guideline about how to use 335 law-enforcement vehicles in their fleets.

Sounds like they’ve got rides to spare — and, hey, we promise we’d return it without a scratch.


Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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Emily Heil · August 20, 2013