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Posted 10/26/2011 Printable Fact Sheet


The Worldwide Warehouse Redistribution Services program facilitates the transfer of materiel, acquired under the U.S. Arms Export Control Act, between U.S. friends and allies. The transfer occurs via the U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) program and guidelines. The WWRS goal is to reduce FMS customers excess inventory, provide other customers access to needed materiel at reduced price, and enable sellers to re-invest proceeds in additional assets via FMS.


The WWRS program office is located at the Air Force Security Assistance Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. WWRS is an internet facilitated virtual warehouse program (similar to eBay), designed to utilize FMS acquired excess serviceable materiel to fill FMS requisitions prior to placing a demand on the U.S. Dept of Defense supply system. An urgent broadcast capability is incorporated to assist FMS customers in locating materiel not listed in the program inventory. All materiel passes through an in-transit inspection point (IIP) between selling and buying countries. The IIP visually inspects the material, assumes title for the U.S. government, removes any markings that identify the selling country, transfers title, and ships the material to the buyer. The U.S. military services have also purchased critical materiel through this program. The program office is self-supporting via a services fee paid by materiel sellers.

The WWRS program began in April 1998. Currently, U.S. Air Force and Navy FMS customers are participating with U.S. Army FMS slated to begin participation in 2005. To date, over 28K transactions between FMS customers valued at over $112M have been completed. The average cost savings to buyers is 28.7% below the U.S. DoD price. Sellers have recouped over $100.8M for re-investment into FMS materiel. Materiel quality has equaled/exceeded that of U.S. DoD shipments. The current sales inventory lists over 360K types of materiel with a value exceeding $2.2B. 

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88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
5215 Thurlow Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
(937) 522-3252, DSN 672-3252

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