Monday, April 28, 2014

Pentagon to destroy $1B in ammunition

 

The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.

It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.

The result: potential waste of unknown value.

More @ USA Today

10 comments:

  1. DOD "Crush Rule" was put in place by Clinton. Bush never repealed it. Yes I know some surplus pull down products are available but it's been demilled.. Still functional but taken apart..
    I have to apologize folks I have decided some of socialism is good - I want my redistributed ammo by the pallet. 1 pallet of 9m/m, 1 pallet of .45 auto (if they have any), 1 pallet of 5.56, I pallet of 7.62 NATO and 1 pallet of .50 bmg ... This will be my yearly allotment.

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    1. I have to apologize folks I have decided some of socialism is good - I want my redistributed ammo by the pallet.

      That's good! :)

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  2. But its not like they are TRYING to gut the military and leave no option but global Nuke war or surrender? Right?---Ray

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    1. Not at all, it's just a figment of our imagination........

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  3. Depends on what your definition of 'Destroy' is - maybe the Syrian 'rebels' could use it or the Ukrainian 'rebels' or the Chicago 'rebels' ... possibilities are endless for a Benghazi-type transfer.

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  4. I call BS. This story makes no sense at all. It says the value of destroyed ammunition is a billion dollars and also says that the amount cannot be known. PICK ONE.

    Your picture of 9mm pistol ammunition is currently a shortage item and not on anyone's list to be destroyed. I work in the Pentagon and know this. Most of the items that will be destroyed are missiles that are very expensive that have reached the end of their shelf lives. "Sharing them with other services" is not going to save anything. Other services don't want or need expired missiles either.

    All of the Army's ammunition stockpiles are very closely managed. This story is misleading and stupid. This issue is totally unrelated to shortages in the civilian marketplace for pistol and rifle ammunition. Totally different items.

    I agree that the government is a wasteful behemoth and there are tons of examples to prove that.

    The most expensive things on the destroy list are DPICM missiles for the MLRS system. Even if you could buy them for home use, you have no launchers.

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    1. It's a GAO report, I don't see a picture of 9mm ammo and I didn't see where this attributed or not to the ammo shortage.

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  5. The attribution and pictures were picked up by a few other sites. Not yours. Sorry for the confusion. GAO are pin-headed weasels who are often working in their first government job and thinking that they actually understand the things they are investigating. I have had several dealing with them and their reports are often skewed, biased, and unsupported by the facts.

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