Pentagon Set To Destroy More Than $1 Billion Worth Of Ammo

April 30, 2014 11:15 amViews: 506

Pentagon set to destroy ammunition


Is our government really so inefficient  that they need to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition? Apparently they are and because it is not clear how much of that ammo could still be useful, it all needs to be destroyed according to the Pentagon.

Because the branches of the armed services don't talk to each other as they should and their computer systems aren't networked together like they could be, the process of sorting ammunition and determining when each branch has enough of the right kinds of ammo, more was purchased than necessary.

Maybe they could stock the shelves of WalMart. Have to tried to buy any there lately?

Read more below from The Daily Caller:

The Pentagon is set to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition, some of which might still be viable.

The Defense Department’s inventory systems share data ineffectively, so it’s unclear how much of the ammunition could still be useful, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA Today. The Army and Pentagon acknowledged the inefficient process in a statement, and said an automated process will be a priority in future budgets.

Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman, told USA Today a better system could save millions, and even billions, of dollars.

“Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don’t have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets,” Carper said. “This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military’s antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases.”

The Pentagon manages $70 billion worth of ammunition.

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