Recommendation 2: Mandate and implement comprehensive and accurate corrosion data reporting systems across DOD, using standard metrics and definitions. The total cost for implementing this recommendation is estimated at about $5 million, largely for contract support in the development of standards and metrics.
Maintenance needs and current state of corrosion are not well characterized for most nonaviation assets.
It has been shown in industry that the costs of corrosion can be drastically reduced by instituting best practices in engineering and maintenance.
Systematic corrosion control training and awareness are lacking on the part of operators and maintainers.
There are no consistent, comprehensive corrosion control and maintenance strategies throughout the services and for all systems, including the infrastructure.
Recommendation 3: Fund contract for comprehensive assessment of all DOD weapon system equipment by approximately 30 five-person teams of corrosion experts and use the results to develop and implement a comprehensive corrosion maintenance strategy. The cost for implementing this recommendation is estimated at about $25 million per year and should be continued indefinitely.
Corrosion science and technology (S&T) funding is small, fragmented and generally comes from unrelated research and development accounts such as Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).
Dollars devoted to corrosion prevention during weapon systems research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) have historically proved insufficient.
No specific corrosion remediation budget exists in service operation and support (O&S) accounts.
Recommendation 4: Establish a Corrosion Executive for each service with responsibility for oversight and reporting, full authority over corrosion-specific funding, and a strong voice in corrosion-related funding. An investment of $60 million per service is estimated.