Thursday, May 5, 2016
Speaking of quantities of ammo...
U.S. Army orders small arms ammunition
BLUF: The U.S. Army has given $210 million in orders for small arms ammunition to Orbital ATK.
Analysis: These things pop up from time to time. So when I received the enclosed link with a question as to my thoughts, I had to pause and reflect on what brought about this question. The military buying ammunition in quantities should not normally raise an eyebrow but in the light of Forbes uncovering that DHS had purchased or planed to purchase 1.6 Billion FRN's worth of small arms ammunition, I could see where people would get suspicious.
I do not consider this a big deal for a few reasons. 1. The new ammunition is steel and therefore will rust giving it a shorter shelf life. 2. Everything I have heard is that the DoD in total is hurting for ammunition due to the late unpleasantness. In fact at one point we had to buy ammunition from Israel just to make ends meet. Which brings me to 3. Right now we are busying ourselves with Eastern Europe and trying to get those guys spun up on defense infrastructure. It has not been easy. I could see the DoD or the State Dept. loaning them some bullets so they can be a better speed bump on the way to Paris and Berlin.