GAO: U.S. Has Fired 250,000 Rounds For Every Insurgent Killed

There is an amazing (and startling) statistic out of Iraq and Afghanistan: the United States has fired an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed. The U.S. is going through so much ammo that manufacturers are struggling to keep up. In another milestone, U.S. troops in Afghanistan now surpass the number in Iraq.

The U.S. military are now importing ammo from Israel to keep up the rate of fire.

US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan – an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed – that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand.

The General Accounting Office (GAO) reports that our forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year — a level of use that has more than doubled in five years. The report states:

“The Department of Defense’s increased requirements for small- and medium-calibre ammunitions have largely been driven by increased weapons training requirements, dictated by the army’s transformation to a more self-sustaining and lethal force – which was accelerated after the attacks of 11 September, 2001 – and by the deployment of forces to conduct recent US military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Source:Belfast Telegraph and Reddit

Jonathan Turley

43 thoughts on “GAO: U.S. Has Fired 250,000 Rounds For Every Insurgent Killed”

  1. I spoke to a young officer in the military mid 2013 who told me he was part of operation golden eagle. They were ordered to incinerate ammo by the pallet. This operation went on for weeks. I don’t think anyone has all the facts except those in question. And you should never trust them to tell you the truth.

  2. People arguing over which puppet belonging to one wing or the other of the same corrupt criminal bird is a perfect example of the success of the re-education of America over the past 80+ years. Communism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism are all the same and were created, funded, promoted by the so called ruling families and their Banking Cartel. These ism’s consolidate authority over the economy and regulations into the hands of the few(centralized governmental bureaucracies) which these men and women behind the curtain of power and influence use to selectively enforce and eliminate competition furthering their monopolies.

  3. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your site.

  4. First of all the GAO has no way of knowing how many rounds of small arms ammo has been used. There is no inventory process used to calculate this. More likely what the 1.8 billion rounds statement accounts for is the number of rounds contracted for purchase. That the GAO would know about. I can tell you one thing though. Not only is the government buying a lot of ammo and I am not talking about the military. I am referring to all government agencies including the military. The ridculous quantities of .40 cal hollow point being purchased by the DHS and SSA maybe one of the reasons. There is such demand for popular ammo 5.56, 7.62, 9mm, .45 that the production waiting list must be very long. So, what the government does is purchase a bunch of .40 cal pistols and then .40 cal ammo that is not in high demand. Don’t you just love it. Also popular ammo sales are through the roof now that Obummer has been reelected.

  5. What you seem unable to grasp is the fact that the US is really a One Party State which has 2 factions that bicker over the best ways to transfer wealth from the bottom to the top.

    The proof is that whenever it comes to wildly unpopular things the people don’t want, namely, Wars, NAFTA & Bank Bailouts, there is always bi-partisan support that rams it through.

  6. You truly are an ignoramus as if you’d done a little research you’d quickly learn that nobody in the last week has done more on this site to PROVE why not even Turley, the founder of this blog, will be voting for Obama this election and absolutely nobody besides me has documented more war crimes by democratic president’s in general and mass murder of innocent civilians by Obama in particular.

    I don’t vote for mass murderers and war criminals although it’s clear you’ve already admitted you do.

    1. Well Karl, if u hadn’t acted like such an ass and attacked me we would not have had any disagreement at all. You sound more like a left wing nut than most of the people I chat with on these blogs.

      So, other than the fact that I did vote for bush and would do it again, guess we don’t have a problem.

      Enjoy your life..

  7. Sure you fool, Bush was a pilot alright, a real warrior whose most dangerous mission was flying over Houston during rush hour, that is, when he wasn’t AWOL and cavorting with drunkards & drug addicts. I suppose you also believe Saddam was behind 911 and our real mission in Iraq was bringing them freedom & democracy!

    Hee hee!

    1. Karl, you are a waste of time and energy! NOBODY thought Saddam had anything to do with 911 – that bogus story was left wing garbage trying to screw Bush over. you might want to check out your saviors drug record, he happily talks about it in his book. I really feel sorry for you Karl – so screwed up by the dem crap and having smoke blown up your butt by Obama that you have lost touch with the real world. You have swallowed way to much liberal garbage, it has corrupted your brain.

  8. Nobody cared less about American lives than the rich little dope in chief who falsified evidence to lead the country into a criminal war and then stood like a boob in uniform on a carrier deck declaring “Mission Accomplished! — never mind all the gutless turd chicken hawks in his cabinet and the VP’s office.

    Facts are stubborn things.

    1. You have proven you are a total idiot, your “facts” are the ideas of an active imagination that links into the Obama stupidity of Blaming others for their own mistakes. If you ACTUALLY had the brains to do some REAL research instead of listening to your left wingnut friends you’d know that half the reason everyone believed there were WMD’s was because of the misinformation Saddam and his gang were putting out. And as for the “mission accomplished” banner, the crew of the carrier put that up BECAUSE the initial phase (ousting Saddam) WAS accomplished! And, if you weren’t SUCH AN IDIOT you’d know that BUSH was a pilot and HAD THE RIGHT TO WEAR THE UNIFORM.

      You ARE Right about ONE thing – FACTS are stubborn – you MIGHT want to learn some – tho I sincerely DOUBT you have the brains to absorb them!

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