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Pentagon Can’t Account for Thousands of F-35 Parts, GAO Says

  • Lack of accountability seen as symptom of audit failures
  • US, allies tap into a common spare parts pool for fighter
The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia.

The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia.

Photographer: Tom Brenner/Bloomberg
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The Pentagon can’t account for hundreds of thousands of spare parts worth millions of dollars that are stored worldwide for the US and allies that use its costliest weapon, the F-35 jet, according to congressional auditors.

The findings by the Government Accountability Office offer a concrete current example of “material weaknesses” in the Pentagon’s financial management that resulted in the military’s failure to pass a department-wide audit for the fifth consecutive year, according to the review that was released Tuesday.