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Definition of Economic retention stock

Economic retention stock Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
That portion of the quantity of an item excess of the approved force retention level that has been determined will be more economical to retain for future peacetime issue in lieu of replacement of future issues by procurement. To warrant economic retention, items must have a reasonably predictable demand rate.
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )