Air Force Central Command and Army Central Command personnel did not properly track deals between the Pentagon and foreign partners made in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, leaving commanders without assurance that coalition forces were receiving needed supplies and logistical support, the Defense Department’s Inspector General (IG) found in a report released March 24. The oversight body audited 175 of the 576 logistics support, supplies, and services (LSSS) transactions tracked by the commands using a web-based system and found commanders did not have enough information to know 142 of the orders—worth $223 million—were accurate or reimbursed. Each deal made under the Acquisition and Cross-Service Agreement (ACSA) has 25 essential data elements that are supposed to be entered into the Global Automated Tracking and Reporting System (AGATRS), and none of the audited orders contained entries for every element. Sixty-nine of the 70 audited orders processed by AFCENT lacked the required supporting documentation in the online database, leaving commanders unaware of the status of transactions valued at a total of $19 million. Six AFCENT ACSA orders did not contain the required signatures from both parties. The IG concluded unclear instructions caused the lapses and noted corrective action to ensure future deals are properly tracked had been taken.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.