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The Army that woke up under Slow Joe and his leftist generals, especially General Milley and Sec Def Lloyd Austin, had generally done a not-so-bad job in upholding America’s reputation as the force. Deadliest and hardest fighting in the world. That became especially true with the catastrophic exodus from Afghanistan, something that highlighted just how dwindling the US military had been.
Perhaps worse, however, is the fact that the United States has too few bombs and bullets to wage a real war against an equal or near-peer enemy. Years of bombing campaigns around the world combined with a lack of investment in bomb production have created a situation where there may not be enough weapons to fight. As Defense News reported in 2017:
Years of budget cuts have led to a growing shortage in the production of bombs and ammunition to restore what the Army has expended on various occasions, and Lieutenant General Aundre Piggee has said several times at a The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee during Wednesday’s hearing said more bombs were needed.
“Today I think we have enough bombs and bullets for our usual requirements,” he said. “But if we have to ramp up, if we have backup operations, and if there continue to be the emerging threats that we see around the world, then I am very concerned about the stockpile. our present.”
Now, however, in possibly one of Biden’s few good moves, and perhaps his only move toward the military, Biden appears to have appointed a DoD buyout nominee, who is willing to take the issue of bombs and bullets seriously.
As Breaking Defense reported, the nominee, Bill LaPlante, describes the need to increase weapons production because of the war with Ukraine:
During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, LaPlante highlighted an even more ambitious goal, repeatedly telling lawmakers he hopes to boost production lines. Existing bombs and drones will need to be replenished due to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
“I believe we need a lot of hot production lines, whether it’s ammunition, [unmanned aerial systems] and things like that,” he said. “They – in and of themselves – are a deterrent, and we need to focus more on that on a larger scale.”
A top Republican on that committee, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, also noted that ammunition stockpiles were “too low in priority theaters,” and later went on to say we weren’t. have the necessary capacity to ramp up production as needed. In his words:
“For example, we are sending thousands of Stingers to Ukraine and we don’t even have a hot production line. Do we need some investment this year to be able to expand production of important weapons and ammunition?”
LaPlante responded affirmatively, noting that the United States needs to, in effect, rebuild its ability to produce those weapons.
America shouldn’t be fighting any wars it doesn’t need. But, oh my goodness, the country should at least be able to produce as many weapons as it needs to, both for itself and for allies like Taiwan. Hopefully LaPlante will help put the defense industry on the right track.
https://smartzune.com/dod-nominee-vows-to-pursue-important-acquisition-strategy/ DoD nominee vows to pursue key acquisition strategy