WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources.
It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction — valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon — remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY.
The result: potential waste of unknown value.
"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 Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and 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. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military's antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases."
The Army and Pentagon, in a statement, acknowledged "the need to automate the process" and will make it a priority in future budgets. In all, the Pentagon manages a stockpile of conventional ammunition worth $70 billion.
I don't know what pisses me off more, the fact that they are going to destroy possibly good ammunition, the fact that the incompetent motherfuckers can't keep track of what they bought, the fact that they don't communicate with each other or the fact that they are WASTING A BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS!!
Holy. Fucking. Shit.. These people could destroy a solid brass ball with a rubber mallet.
There should literally be hundreds of unemployed, stupid motherfuckers, over this.
It's just mind boggling that they get away with this horse shit!
It's inexcusable and it's basically mismanagement on an unimaginable scale.
At this point, it's damn near deliberate too.
They have known about this particular problem for many, many years and instead of upgrading their computers and software so that all of the Armed Services can communicate with each other, they spend Billions of dollars on worthless shit like that fucking F-35 program.
Another COLOSSAL waste of money, in and of it's self. The word Boondoggle comes to mind.
You are going to have to go read the rest of this article on your own because right this second I am so fucking pissed off that I can't hardly see straight.By the time you finish reading the rest of the damning revelations, you will be too.