The Pentagon is planning on destroying $1.2 billion dollars worth of ammunition, representing less than 2% of the $70 billion conventional ammunition stockpile. USA Today …
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.
It does not seem unreasonable to me that the Pentagon wants to decrease their stockpile (which must cost a lot each year in maintenance) after the large build up that followed Operation Enduring Freedom. If they really wanted to save money they could sell loaded .50 cal and smaller caliber rounds rather than scrapping them. They would make a decent profit!