Wednesday, May 24, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis Personally Intervened To Increase The Purchase Of Munitions

Senior Airman Daniel Stehley, of the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions flight, spray paints build codes on inert guided bomb units after helping assemble each weapon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., on Feb. 27, 2012. Senior Airman Kenny Holston, U.S. Air Force

Defense News: Mattis intervened to increase munition buy in FY18 budget request

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis personally intervened to increase the number of munitions being bought in the Pentagon’s fiscal 2018 budget request, pushing procurement of six specific weapons to the maximum production rate industry can handle, a top DoD official said Tuesday.

The Pentagon is requesting roughly $3.5 billion for “preferred munitions,” as part of a plan to replenish stocks being used as part of the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL.

But that wasn’t always the plan, said John Roth, the acting undersecretary of defense (comptroller) and chief financial officer. Speaking to reporters during the Pentagon’s budget roll-out, Roth said those programs were given a last-minute boost from Mattis himself.

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WNU Editor: The problem of running out of munitions is nothing new .... U.S. Military Running Out Of Bombs And Other Munitions In The War Against The Islamic State (February 17, 2017).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Old news. Nothing to see. Move on. Yadda....

jimbrown said...

You can never have too much ammo

War News Updates Editor said...

Jim Brown
A few years ago I mentioned on a post that if given a choice between more ammo and more water .... I would choose water.
The barrage that I received from soldiers on why that is wrong convinced me that yes .... you can never have too much ammo.
:)

jimbrown said...

Roger

Andrew Jackson said...

In WW2 Nazi,er German soldiers ammo was strictly rationed against American forces who basically had unlimited supplies,we all know how that worked out.The Nazis,er Germans had jet fighters but they were outnumbered 30 to 1.