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Air Force Runs Low on Bombs as Congress Fights Over Budget

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By    |   Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:45 PM

The U.S. Air Force's weapons stockpile is getting low on bombs and missiles, so its leading civilian official is asking Congress to agree on new defense spending, Fox Business reported.

The ongoing airstrikes in the Middle East, with roughly 100 precision weapons dropped each day in Iraq and Syria, are straining the military's supply, and until Congress can agree on a budget, the Pentagon cannot increase production, according to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

"We have a continuing resolution and budget uncertainty impacts our ability to work with industry and give them certainty on the amount that we're going to buy and ramping that up where we can," Wilson said Wednesday, at a conference sponsored by the Air Force Association in the suburbs of Washington, according to Defense One.

"We have been engaged with industry directly probably at least four or five months ago, starting at the very senior level with our logistics and munitions people to see how we can expand the production capacity of precision weapons. The most important thing that we have to do now is get a budget."

The Air Force wants to increase production on Lockheed Martin's Hellfire missile and the Small Diameter Bomb, one version from Boeing and the other from Raytheon. In total, 98,532 bombs have been dropped against ISIS by the U.S. and its allies since 2014, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

"If we're going to have a continuing resolution for three months or six months out of the 12-month year, how are they going to manage that," Wilson added. "It becomes a real problem when you're trying to create a relationship of trust to allow a company to do capital investment to provide for the needs of the warfighter."

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