Thursday, June 08, 2017

It is Better to Give Than to Receive

The Army is aiming for a lot more ammunition to deter the Russians in Europe:

An eye-opening item in the 2018 defense budget request is the serious money that the U.S. Army is pumping into its arsenal of high-tech missiles and munitions. ...

A ramp-up in munitions manufacturing is a direct consequence of the Army’s shift toward “offensive deterrence,” observed Hamilton Cook, senior analyst at the consulting firm Avascent. “What you’re really seeing in the budget is a shift to offensive fires.”

I noted the ammunition request. Which is related to heavying up the Army force structure.

And I've noted the scary quality of Russian offensive artillery.

So yeah, the Army needs to be able to return the favor. Apparently the Army has the same sense to worry given the scale of this budget request.