Experts are warning that the United States stockpile of weapons may be “dangerously depleted” if the country continues sending them to Ukraine.
As the U.S invests billions in weapons in Ukraine’s war against Russia, experts are urging the government to increase the production of munitions to avoid a shortage.
The worry is that another conflict could erupt against China, leaving the nation vulnerable to defend itself.
Dan Caldwell, a senior advisor to Concerned Veterans for America and vice president for
foreign policy at Stand Together, stressed that the U.S. weapons supply is beginning to dwindle.
“For U.S. policymakers, the critical question regarding our policy towards Ukraine is quickly
becoming more a what we can do for Ukraine, not necessarily what we should do,” Caldwell
said. “U.S. stockpiles of munitions are becoming dangerously depleted and it will take years for U.S. production capacity to catch up.”
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The U.S. has already committed $17.6 billion in war supplies to Ukraine, and the Pentagon has been withdrawing the equipment directly from U.S. stocks since the president exercised his drawdown privilege.
As of Oct. 4, the U.S. has given Ukraine 1,400 Stingers, over 8,500 Javelins, 38 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, and 8 National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems.
Experts say that the U.S. military and weapons industry are experiencing the largest strain since the Korean War.
Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the U.S. has “pretty much run out of 155-millimeter Howitzers and 155-millimeter ammunition” due to the large stockpiles sent to Ukraine.
Cancian also pointed out that the U.S. is not moving fast enough to replenish stockpiles.
“The problem isn’t that there isn’t money,” Cancian stated. “The problem is that the [DOD] is a bit slow putting that money on contract, and then of course the equipment will have to be produced.”
They were just late, slow to react to events,” he added, referring to the Pentagon’s delay in
accelerating production for crucial items such as Javelins.