Scrapped Instead of Sold: Surplus Humvees Could Save Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions (excerpt)
(Source: Project On Government Oversight; issued April 23, 2019)
By Daniel Van Schooten
The military is paying to crush tens of thousands of Humvees when it could legally donate or sell them, forfeiting by its own estimate at least $156 million in the first six years.

The total financial impact, including savings to the military and other state and federal agencies, is far greater, reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to an analysis by the Project On Government Oversight. But the agency responsible for processing surplus military equipment states that federal regulations force it to destroy most surplus Humvees.

“While the agency may not be breaking any rules in scrapping the vehicles, it doesn’t have to break the rules in order to sell them.

How the U.S. government has handled its surplus Humvees provides a window into the complex, sometimes contentious, and sometimes seemingly arbitrary bureaucratic world of demilitarization for Pentagon gear.

A substantial policy shift occurred five years ago. Prior to 2014, all surplus military vehicles—even unarmored support vehicles—were under the jurisdiction of the State Department’s United States Munitions List. Generally, as long as a vehicle remains on that list, it cannot be released from military control unless it is first crushed or scrapped. (end of excerpt)

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