From the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs (OCPA), United States Army
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Facility Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization (SRM).
Army facility sustainment is at a low, limited to life, health and safety repairs. Army facilities will degrade, creating increased recovery cost for future years:
o As of June 2013, the Army has a backlog of 184,000 facility maintenance orders, which is a six-fold increase from the previous year.
o In FY13, Installation Management Command was underfunded roughly $1.6B in sustainment, restoration and modernization projects.
The Army cut maintenance from unit to depot levels. The Army is not repairing equipment at established standards (pre-1990); taking risk with non-mission essential repairs that will generate future maintenance costs:
o Maintenance of combat equipment has been reduced to Fully Mission Capable plus Safety, a step lower than full “10/20 Level Maintenance.”
o The Army deferred 50% of 3Q and 4Q FY13 depot-level maintenance, which is the highest level of equipment overhaul. The deferment increases the likely hood of equipment failure.