US Weapons Stockpiles ‘Dangerously Depleted’ From Ukraine Shipments

Defense experts now believe that the U.S. in sending billions in armaments to Ukraine has “dangerously depleted” its own stocks, particularly if another conflict were to break out elsewhere in the world.

With the rising Chinese threat, the U.S. needs to implement a quick increase in military readiness by replenishing its own stores, analysts note. If production is not rapidly ramped up, the country’s ability to respond to other threats is diminished.

Dan Caldwell, senior advisor to Concerned Veterans of America, said that policy towards Ukraine is quickly shifting from what should be done for Ukraine to what can be done.

He added that the current depletion will take years to rebuild and notes that “we are making real trade offs against other national security priorities.”

The U.S. has already committed $17.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February. The Pentagon since August has reportedly removed $10.5 billion in armaments from domestic storage by presidential order.

A fact sheet showed that over 1,400 Stingers, more than 8,500 Javelins, 38 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, and eight National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems have been withdrawn from stocks.

On top of that impressive total, thousands of electronic communications and surveillance systems have also been removed. Experts say that not since the Korean War has the nation’s stocks been this depleted.

Mark Cancian, senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, revealed the supply of 155 millimeter Howitzers and 155 millimeter ammunition is virtually empty.

Cancian said funding is not the issue, but rather putting together contracts and then actual production time. Contracts that should have been signed in May to replenish supplies are just now getting signatures.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, believes upgrading production is critical for countering China.

Other experts warn that increased aggressive actions from China and North Korea have amplified the chances of a large conflict. They caution that the strain on both the U.S. military and economy would be vastly different against these foes than for the two decades in the Middle East.