The Pentagon Is Destroying $1 Billion Worth of Ammunition Because it Has Too Much

Basically, the Pentagon has more ammunition than it knows what to do with, so it's destroying what's leftover.

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What do you do when you have too much of something? If you're the U.S. government and that "something" is weapons, you destroy it. 

According to USA Today, a Government Accountability Office report claims that the Pentagon plans to destroy some $1.2 billion worth of extra bullets and missiles. This is because the Pentagon amassed $70 billion worth of ammunition, and the Army, Navy and Air Force currently do not have a method for sharing information regarding the amount of extra ammunition they have. Gizmodo says that though there's a yearly weapons swap between them, information about what happens to everything left after that isn't on record:


The Pentagon has no idea how much of it is still usable, and though USA Today says a senior military officer claimed soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced ammunition shortages in the past, it's still being destroyed. 

Blowing money—in the form of ammo—fast, because nobody really knows what else to do with it.

[via USA Today and Gizmodo]

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