The Defense Department is planning to destroy more than $1 billion in ammunition even though some of it is still usable, Pentagon and congressional sources are reporting.Read the rest here while I prepare to write NRA Convention and flight posts.
According to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA Today, the problem is that the Defense Department's inventory systems are not able to share data effectively, which means there is no way to know how much of the $1.2 billion in ammunition it is looking to destroy is still viable.
"There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the [Pentagon] can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition," said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
"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 Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military's antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases."
Up in Smoke: Pentagon to Destroy $1B in Ammo