For the past 15 months, the U.S. has drained its stockpile of munitions as it has transferred billions of dollars worth of ammunition, tanks, weapons, and other equipment to Ukraine. Now, officials are warning that the U.S. has so severely depleted its munition stores that it most likely cannot fight in a major conflict.
According to Army Secretary, Christine Wormuth, the munitions production capacity of the U.S. has been pushed to the "absolute edge."
Those sentiments are also being echoed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley who has said that the country "has a long ways to go" to replenish its dwindling stockpiles.
Another Pentagon official who wished to remain anonymous also reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that U.S. stockpiles of critical artillery rounds were "uncomfortably low" as early as last August.
The Pentagon has refused to offer an update on the status of its current munitions stores citing concerns that doing so could jeopardize "operational security."
A Pentagon spokesperson did, however, tell The Epoch Times, "Of note, the department has enabled a rapid increase in 155mm ammo production, from approximately 14,000 a month in February 2022 to over 20,000 a month more recently, with plans to produce more than 70,000 a month in 2025."
"This represents a 500 percent increase," the spokesperson added.
While the Pentagon is quick to make a 500 percent increase in munitions production sound sufficient, it should be noted that even with that increase in production by 2027, the country would only be halfway to where it needs to be.
According to a Pentagon fact sheet, the U.S. had sent roughly 800,000 155mm artillery rounds to Ukraine by the end of last August. That figure is now more than 2 million shells, which equates to a rate of more than 130,000 rounds per month. That is almost twice as many as the proposed suggestion rate of 70,000 a month that the Pentagon optimistically hopes to be at in 5 years.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration seems to be depleting U.S. stockpiles faster than the Pentagon can replenish them. The White House continues to pledge additional munitions, and possible F-16 fighter jets in the future, to Ukraine while the Pentagon struggles to come up with a plan to resupply its stores at an acceptable rate. Concerns are additionally mounting as China continues to increase its aggression toward Taiwan, North Korea attempts to launch spy satellites, and Iran has allegedly developed its first hypersonic missile. With potential major conflicts arising, the Biden administration has put the U.S. military in a precarious position in which it most likely cannot defend the country in a major war.