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Army Official 'Very Concerned' About US Munitions Stockpile

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 01:09 PM

A top Army official responsible for logistics is "very concerned" about the service's stockpile of munitions, which has been growing smaller and smaller in recent years because of budget cuts.

Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, the Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday something needs to be done.

"Today I think we have adequate munitions for our normal requirements," Piggee said, according to Defense News. "But if we had to surge, if we had contingency operations, and if there continues to be emerging threats we see around the world, I am very concerned with our current stockage of munitions."

Defense News notes Piggee was referring to the following munitions:

  • Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
  • Hellfire missiles.
  • Precision guidance kits.
  • Excalibur munitions, which are fired from Howitzer guns.

The Army is looking to beef up its supply of munitions because of the shortage, which would come with a price tag of $2.5 billion in 2018.

President Donald Trump is looking to increase the Department of Defense's budget by $54 billion, which could go a long way at solving some of the Army's munitions inventory issues.

Trump talked about his proposed defense budget increase during a recent weekly address.

"My budget will give America's armed forces the resources they need to achieve full and total military preparedness to meet any and all global challenges and meet them we will," Trump said.

"Investing in the military means investing in peace because the best way to prevent war, as President George Washington said, is to be prepared for it."

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