Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Pentagon Is Fronting The Money To Buy Bombs For Allies To Drop On Islamic State Militants

Defense One: Pentagon Fronts Bomb Buys For Allies Fighting ISIS

A special budget account is being used to boost weapons production ahead of allies' formal orders.

The Pentagon is buying bombs for allies to drop on Islamic State militants, essentially fronting the cash to speed up weapons deliveries, top military officials said.

The money comes out of the Special Defense Acquisition Fund, which is used to purchase arms for foreign allies in anticipation of formal orders, allowing factories to accelerate production and cut months or even years off the wait.

“Its purpose is to let the military department buy in advance of [formal arms sales requests] so we can get started early on long-lead-time items, so we can stockpile things we know there’s going to be an immediate rush or demand,” Ann Cataldo, deputy assistant Army secretary for defense exports and cooperation, said Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention in Washington.

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WNU Editor: It always comes down to the money.

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