Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DHS is "stockpiling enough ammo for a 20-year war in the homeland."

Ralph Benko does the math on the latest ammo purchases by the Department of Homeland Security:
The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, so far to little notice.  It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month.  Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.  In America.
Add to this perplexing outré purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers, repatriated from the Iraqi and Afghani theaters of operation.  As observed by “paramilblogger” Ken Jorgustin last September:
[T]he Department of Homeland Security is apparently taking delivery (apparently through the  Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico VA, via the manufacturer – Navistar Defense LLC) of an undetermined number of the recently retrofitted 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ MaxxPro MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of theUnited States.” 
These MRAP’s ARE BEING SEEN ON U.S. STREETS all across America by verified observers with photos, videos, and descriptions.”
Regardless of the exact number of MRAP’s being delivered to DHS (and evidently some to POLICE via DHS, as has been observed), why would they need such over-the-top vehicles on U.S. streets to withstand IEDs, mine blasts, and 50 caliber hits to bullet-proof glass? In a war zone… yes, definitely. Let’s protect our men and women. On the streets of America… ?” 
“They all have gun ports… Gun Ports? In the theater of war, yes. On the streets of America…? Seriously, why would DHS need such a vehicle on our streets?

7 comments:

  1. It amazes me the lies that people will tell themselves so that they won't have to deal with the truth.

    Seriously, who trains with hollow points? They are more costly and are widely understood to be a defensive round.

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  2. To play Devil's advocate (of sorts), while it's possible they're preparing for sustained war at home, it's also likely the purchases are nothing more than corporate welfare for the arms manufacturers. Just like the cell phones for dead people is a boon for cell phone companies, so too are the enormous acquisitions of ammunition. After all, the TSA routinely buys expensive equipment it never intends to use, and then hides it warehouses.

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    1. You mean, like a little pre-payment so they'll roll over on gun control? My My, you DO have a dirty mind. :)

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  3. Recently, the military has been buying ammo as well. I have a friend who used to be involved in arms manufacturing. Here is why there is an ammo shortage. The big manufacturers like to take government contracts because it involves a nice revenue stream. If such a business is approved for government contract work, they cannot refuse a government contract or their business will be shut down by the strong arm of the government. Currently, they have contracted these ammo manufacturers to do nothing but produce ammo for the government (for a period of a year I think). This same thing happened about five years ago and caused the ammo shortage then, as well. When the contract is finished, they will resume making products for the private sector.

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  4. Twattlecock. If you click the "Also reported elsewhere" link, which is where this bozo is supposedly getting his numbers, right below the headline is "Forces using 1.8 billion rounds of ammunition a year". Where does the "less than 6 million rounds a month" figure come from? Beats the hell out of me. I know where the "1.8 billion" figure comes from, straight from the GAO:

    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05687.pdf

    So as any fool can plainly see, 1.6 billion rounds that the Homeland inSecurity is buying is slightly less than what the military was using in a single year in the middle of the 'War on Terra'.

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