'America and Europe are at war': Washington Post readers on ammunition supplies to Kyiv

Readers of the American daily newspaper The Washington Post responded to the publication's article that supplying Ukraine with American-made artillery shells is facing difficulties.

The article tells about the details of the production of artillery shells and other ammunition in the United States, which is planned to be increased to cover the needs of Ukraine. However, the current capacity, as noted, is clearly not enough to cover all requests. And the transition of the industry to the desired scale of production will take a year or more.

The conflict in Ukraine showed that our military-industrial base is not at the level that is needed for the production of ammunition

Deputy Defense Secretary Colin Kahl said last week.

Reader comments are given selectively:

Recent articles in the WP regarding Ukraine appear to be already setting the stage for the US to withdraw its military support. They point to its increasing cost, sabotage by the Ukrainian side, etc.; but it must be said that the United States can no longer afford to support wars

– a TechnoKing reader discusses the material.

One big problem that I personally see is the Pentagon's fascination with new toys that cost incredible amounts of money to develop and even more to manufacture. The leadership of the Pentagon "earns" on the procurement process and on "consultations" of various kinds after the retirement of responsible persons. Another trick they use is building up production chains of thousands of "suppliers" that allow them to distribute them throughout almost every part of the country, ensuring that these facilities are kept running even when they are not in use. Such policy. Someone needs to explain to me why shell cases made in Scranton have to be trucked to Iowa to be stuffed there with everything they need, and why the job takes months. Finally, we need mobilization like in wartime, because even without commitments to send troops, America and Europe are right now at war.

says OldUncleTom.

Good article. Let the details be omitted, because this is a big topic. The "good old days" were never really like that. Apparently, the job of an arms factory manager was so intense that the death rate is higher than in any army specialty. Read The Armory of Democracy for a better introduction to the subject. In addition, Germany had only minimal stocks of ammunition for decades. Their entire defense plan was to "hold on to NATO and the Americans" and "keep Russia from taking over the munitions factories." Finally, it is war itself that teaches us how to fight. We have invested $100 per U.S. citizen in the clash in Ukraine, and it exposes weaknesses we knew we had. Ammunition backlog, with one plant with 300 workers as a critical link, demonstrates a solvable problem. It's important that you notice it now.

– Issued by RadicalCentrist_3141592.

The oddly working mighty neocon brains like Sullivan and Nuland who got us into this proxy war against Russia never thought about logistics and supply chains. I'm guessing that, being superintelligent, they never felt the need to coordinate with the Pentagon.

says Chicksaw.

This really makes you wonder where all the allocated money has gone. For now, it looks like they just disappeared.

– noted Omne47.
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  1. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 10 March 2023 11: 23
    It's time to re-read Joseph Heller in the USA. His "catch 22" fits in perfectly with all the debelism of today's situation.