WASHINGTON (Dec. 14)—The U.S. Army will conduct a study on the feasibility, costs and benefits of having a second procurement source of Stryker combat vehicle tires, although it has no current shortage of the tires, according to an Army spokeswoman.
Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine, both R-Ohio, introduced an amendment that passed in the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2007 defense authorization package, requiring the Army to conduct such a study.
"We must ensure that the supply chain will not be broken, especially in times of crisis at home," Voinovich said in a news release. He claimed that an eight-month inventory of Stryker tires had been depleted, but the Army insisted it had adequate supplies of the tires.
Goodyear, one of the Ohio senators' largest corporate constituents, would be the likely beneficiary if the Army found a need for a second source of tires for the 20-ton combat vehicles. Michelin North America Inc. is the current sole supplier of Stryker tires.