Even at emergency production rates, it will take several years before the U.S. is able to restock supplies of critical munitions sent to Ukraine, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, D.C. based think tank.
The U.S. has sent millions of rounds of ammunition of various kinds to Ukraine, according to a Thursday fact sheet from the Department of Defense (DOD), which has resulted in severe deficits in some cases. Only one of the six weapons where stockpiles have fallen dangerously low is projected to reach normal levels within five years, assuming no further deliveries to Ukraine, leaving the U.S. scrambling for alternatives, Mark Cancian, a former artillery officer and Pentagon acquisition official, found in a report published in CSIS.
“Longer term, there will be some competition between Taiwan’s needs and rebuilding US stockpiles,” Cancian told the Daily Caller News Foundation, as the U.S. pledges to help the island fend off Chinese aggression. “That’s why increased munitions production is so important.”
Cancian wrote to the Daily Caller, “Most inventories, though not all, will take many years to replace. For most items, there are workarounds, but there may be a crisis brewing over artillery ammunition.”
The analysis noted that GPS-guided 155 mm munitions are also at risk of running low. Based on recent production rates of 1,000 per year, it could take seven years to refill U.S. inventories, or four years at an accelerated production rate.
To replenish the U.S. stock of Javelins, it could take 5 to 8 years, and up to 18 years for Stinger missiles.
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Are U.S. weapons inventories getting too low because of transfers to Ukraine? Although most inventories are acceptable, some key munitions will take many years to replace, writes @csis_isp expert Mark F. Cancian.
— CSIS (@CSIS) January 12, 2023
America needs to stop sending our weapons to foreign countries https://t.co/9brWBx14T0
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 22, 2023
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