Airstrikes effective? Unless we run out of bombs

 In Military, opinion

Airstrikes effective? Sure, unless we run out of bombs. U.S. airstrikes have reportedly taken out top enemy leaders, and rained down destruction all over Iraq and Syria. There’s just one problem- the Air Force is running out of bombs and scrambling to get more.

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USAF photo by Master Sgt Benjamin Bloker

USAF in need of armaments

Records obtained by USA Today state,

The Air Force has fired more than 20,000 missiles and bombs in the air war against the Islamic State, depleting its stocks of munitions and prompting the service to scour depots around the world for more weapons and to find money to buy them…

The expending of ammunition is exceeding the ability to replenish the supplies.

“We’re expending munitions faster than we can replenish them. B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. F-15Es are in the fight because they are able to employ a wide range of weapons and do so with great flexibility. We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight. This is a critical need.” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh


“Peace, peace, where there is no peace.”

Since 2012, the United States budget for the military has been under what is known as “Sequester.” It simply means that the amount that the Pentagon can spend is capped. And the airstrikes  are not just the Air Force- the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy also fly missions.

We have been at war since 2001.  But in what the government views as “peace time” they tend to not spread the money to the military.

Skimping on bombs

Last night’s speech by Obama  talked about fighting, but with a military budget so tight, fight with what? He says we will send more Special Forces, and destroy the enemy.  But if they don’t have the resources, it leaves our military woefully short of what they  may need to combat an enemy that is far better funded than any we have faced in the past.

For the 2015 Fiscal year, Congress approved funding for 4,000 Hellfire Missiles.  But with 20,000 missiles and bombs having been expended so far, that’s a mere drop in the bucket.

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