According to a New York Times story published on January 24, 2022, the Pentagon intends to increase its output of artillery ammunition by 500% during the next two years. This comes at a time when the United States is delivering millions of rounds to Ukraine, threatening to deplete the country’s artillery arsenal.
Since Russia’s military entry into Ukraine, the US has committed to supply over one million 155mm artillery ammunition to Ukraine.
Every month, 14,400 155mm shells are produced. However, under this new proposal, the number might grow to more than 90,000 every month.
According to the Ny Times, the Army plans to apply factories and bring in new manufacturers in a program dubbed as “the most aggressive modernization push in over 40 years” of the American military-industrial complex.
“The unguided 155mm rounds launched from Howitzers incorporate parts supplied by numerous armaments manufacturers, including the steel bodies created by General Dynamics and explosives compounded by BAE Systems,” writes Dave DeCamp. “American Ordnance pours the explosives into the bodies, and many other contractors create the fuses that are put into the shells,” DeCamp explained.
The US Deep State’s intentions to increase munitions production over the next two years demonstrate that it is committing to long-term assistance for Ukraine against Russia in the coming years. In other words, peace in Ukraine shouldn’t be expected anytime soon.
This program’s feasibility is being questioned. US military authorities are concerned about the US’s ability to supply Ukraine while also arming itself. Ukrainian military troops are anticipated to fire around 90,000 rounds of artillery every month. This is more than double what the United States and Europe now produce.
According to DeCamp’s assessment, the US has had to rely on a relatively secret cache of weaponry kept in Israel just to meet Ukraine’s artillery demand. Furthermore, the Pentagon has requested that US soldiers stationed in South Korea transfer supplies to Ukraine.
By going all in on Ukraine without immediately committing US soldiers there, the US has put its defensive infrastructure at risk. At a time when the US border is crumbling, the last thing we need is to waste defense resources on a nation hundreds of miles away.
Author: Blake Ambrose