Waste Report: Dept. of Defense to Spend $1 Billion Destroying $16 Billion Worth of Ammo

By: Barry Donegan Oct 22, 2014
The original article can be found right here:

According to Senator Tom Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook on wasteful federal spending, the Department of Defense is set to spend $1 billion destroying $16 billion worth of ammo that it no longer intends to use.

Senator Tom Coburn issues an annual report on wasteful federal spending which he calls the “Wastebook,” and his office released the 2014 edition today. A video trailer for it can be seen in the above-embedded video player. The 2014 Wastebook contains a mind-numbing display of absurdities in government waste, from studies on “hangry” couples stabbing voodoo dolls to NASA’s “launchpad to nowhere.” However, the report also tallied the final costs of the Pentagon’s program to destroy $16 billion worth of potentially-usable ammunition that it no longer intends to use: $1 billion.

Back in April of this year, USA Today reported on the conundrum, though cost estimates at the time were unclear due to the Department of Defense’s poor record keeping on ammunition inventories. In fact, this ineffective accounting may have led to the ammunition over-purchases in the first place. USA Today cited a Government Accountability Office report which said that officials often buy excess ammunition when supplies are already sufficient “because the Army does not report information on all available and usable items.” The same GAO report also noted that the Army does not tell the DOD how many missiles it has in its stockpile, which “risks other services spending additional funds to procure missiles that are already unused and usable in the Army’s stockpile.” The DOD’s antiquated record keeping system requires other military branches to submit ammo requests to the Army via email, which then have to be printed out and typed into a different database, as the Navy, Air Force, and Marines have outdated inventory systems that can not share directly with the Army’s master list.

A GAO audit cited by Coburn’s 2014 Wastebook stated, “According to an Army financial statement in June 2013, the Army had about 39 percent of its total inventory (valued at about $16 billion) in a storage category for ammunition items that were excess to all the services’ requirements.” Some of the ammo is being decommissioned due to international treaties that ban their use. Coburn’s report noted that “the amount of surplus ammunition is now so large that the cost of destroying it will equal the full years’ salary for over 54,000 Army privates.”

Furthermore, the destruction of some of the ammo may be unnecessary. The 2014 Wastebook also pointed out, “…the Pentagon may be throwing away ammunition that could still be used. According to GAO, some of the material set for destruction has at times been found usable.”


Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a writer, musician, and pro-liberty political activist living in Nashville, TN. Donegan served as Director-at-Large of the Davidson County Republican Party from 2009-2011 and was the Middle Tennessee Regional Coordinator over 30 counties for Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. Follow him at facebook.com/barry.donegan and twitter.com/barrydonegan

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AllahAllah (English pronunciation: /ˈælə/ or /ˈɑːlə/; Arabic: اللهAllāh, IPA: [ʔalˤˈlˤɑːh] ( )) is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, iliterally “the God”).[

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Al-Nusra Front ▬ The al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra is a fighting group and an Al Qaeda affiliate. Designated by the United States as a “terrorist” group. An important threat to the Assad regime of Syria.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Nusra_Front

Al Qaeda ▬ Participant in the Global War on Terrorism, the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War, and the Arab Spring

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

Al Shabaab ▬  A militant group meaning “The Youth”, or “The Youngsters

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Shabaab_(militant_group)

Boko Haram ▬ People Committed to the Prophet’s Teachings for Propagation and Jihad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boko_Haram

CaliphateA caliphate (in Arabic: خلافة‎ khilāfa, meaning “succession”) is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader known as a caliph

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliphate

DAESH ▬ An Arabic term that sounds  like another Arabic word that means “to trample on” or “to crush”.

http://pietervanostaeyen.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/on-the-origin-of-the-name-daesh-the-islamic-state-in-iraq-and-as-sham/

Fatwa ▬ A fatwā (Arabic: فتوى‎; plural fatāwā Arabic: فتاوى‎) in the Islamic faith is the term for the legal opinion or learned interpretation that a qualified jurist or mufti can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatwa

HalalḤalāl (Arabic: حلالḥalāl, ‘permissible’) or hallal[1] is any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term covers and designates not only food and drink but also all matters of daily life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halal

Hamas ▬ Based on the principles of Islamism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas

Hezbollah ▬ “Party of Allah” or “Party of God

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah

Intifada ▬ Intifada (انتفاضة intifāḍah) is an Arabic word which literally means “shaking off”, though it is popularly translated into English as “uprising“, “resistance“, or “rebellion“.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intifada

IslamIslam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله‎ Allāh)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam

I.S. ▬ Islamic State

ISIS ▬ Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham

ISIL ▬ Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant

JihadJihad is an Islamic term referring to a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād is a noun meaning “struggle” or “resisting”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad

Khorasan ▬ an offshoot of Al-Qaeda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khorasan_(Islamist_group)

Sharia ▬ To Arabic-speaking people, sharia (shariah, shari’a, sharīʿah; Arabic: شريعة‎ šarīʿah, IPA: [ʃaˈriːʕa], “legislation”), means the moral code and religious law of a prophetic religion. The term “sharia” has been largely identified with Islam in English usage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia

Shia Islam ▬ The Shia (Arabic: شيعةShīʿah) represent the second largest denomination of Islam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia_Islam

Sunni Islam ▬ Sunni Islam is the largest branch of Islam; its adherents are referred to in Arabic as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jamāʻah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة‎), “people of the tradition of Muhammad and the consensus of the Ummah” or ahl as-sunnah (أهل السنة) for short.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni_Islam

Taliban ▬ The word Taliban is Pashto, طالبان ṭālibān, meaning “students”, the plural of ṭālib. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taliban

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Below is a list of living supercentenarians verified by an appropriate independent authority (all cases are verified by the GRG). There are currently 70 such individuals, of whom 65 are female and 5 are male.

 

Rank Name Sex Birth date Age as of 4 March 2014 Place of residence
1 Misao Okawa[1] F 5 March 1898 115 years, 364 days Japan
2 Jeralean Talley[1] F 23 May 1899 114 years, 285 days United States
3 Susannah Mushatt Jones[1] F 6 July 1899 114 years, 241 days United States
4 Bernice Madigan[1] F 24 July 1899 114 years, 223 days United States
5 Emma Morano-Martinuzzi[1] F 29 November 1899 114 years, 95 days Italy
6 Anna Henderson[1] F 5 March 1900 113 years, 364 days United States
7 Antonia Gerena Rivera[1] F 19 May 1900 113 years, 289 days United States[a]
8 Ethel Lang[1] F 27 May 1900 113 years, 281 days United Kingdom
9 Nabi Tajima[1] F 4 August 1900 113 years, 212 days Japan
10 Blanche Cobb[1] F 8 September 1900 113 years, 177 days United States
11 Anna Stoehr[1] F 15 October 1900 113 years, 140 days United States
12 Goldie Steinberg[1] F 30 October 1900 113 years, 125 days United States[b]
13 Merle Barwis[1] F 23 December 1900 113 years, 71 days Canada[c]
14 Ora Holland[1] F 24 December 1900 113 years, 70 days United States
15 Opal Thompson[1] F 13 January 1901 113 years, 50 days United States
16 Kiyoko Ishiguro[1] F 4 March 1901 113 years, 0 days Japan
17 Dominga Velasco[1] F 12 May 1901 112 years, 296 days United States[d]
18 Edna Bowman[1] F 3 June 1901 112 years, 274 days United States
19 Olympe Amaury[1] F 19 June 1901 112 years, 258 days France
20 Ruby Clawson[1] F 15 July 1901 112 years, 232 days United States
21 Hanae Kimura[1] F 8 August 1901 112 years, 208 days Japan
22 Rosa Bandini-Alberghi[1] F 11 September 1901 112 years, 174 days Italy
Adéa Pellerin-Cormier[1] F 11 September 1901 112 years, 174 days Canada
24 Toshie Yorimitsu[1] F 30 September 1901 112 years, 155 days Japan
25 Eudoxie Baboul[1] F 1 October 1901 112 years, 154 days France
26 Matsuyo Kageyama[1] F 10 October 1901 112 years, 145 days Japan
27 Emma Otis[1] F 22 October 1901 112 years, 133 days United States
28 Tou Tajiri[1] F 23 October 1901 112 years, 132 days Japan
29 Esther Ecklund[1] F 28 October 1901 112 years, 127 days United States[e]
30 Ana Vela-Rubio[1] F 29 October 1901 112 years, 126 days Spain
Hana Shindo[1] F 29 October 1901 112 years, 126 days Japan
32 Jane Gray[1] F 1 December 1901 112 years, 93 days Australia[f]
33 Gertrud Henze[1] F 8 December 1901 112 years, 86 days Germany
34 María Concha Pérez-Cidad[1] F 9 December 1901 112 years, 85 days Spain
35 Bertha Harris[1] F 3 January 1902 112 years, 60 days United States
36 Mitsue Toyoda[1] F 15 February 1902 112 years, 17 days Japan
37 Kathleen Snavely[1] F 16 February 1902 112 years, 16 days United States[g]
38 Vi Robbins[1] F 28 February 1902 112 years, 4 days Australia
39 Sugino Tamai[1] F 9 March 1902 111 years, 360 days Japan
40 Kitsuyo Yamamoto[1] F 12 March 1902 111 years, 357 days Japan
41 Marguerite Conrad[1] F 15 March 1902 111 years, 354 days France
42 Marie-Josephine Gaudette[1] F 25 March 1902 111 years, 344 days Italy[h]
43 Yukie Hino[1] F 17 April 1902 111 years, 321 days Japan
44 Arturo Licata[1] M 2 May 1902 111 years, 306 days Italy
45 Fanny Godin[1] F 27 May 1902 111 years, 281 days Belgium
46 Giuseppina Projetto[1] F 30 May 1902 111 years, 278 days Italy
47 Sotomi Hara[1] F 7 June 1902 111 years, 270 days Japan
48 Tsuya Miura[1] F 24 July 1902 111 years, 223 days Japan
49 Yoneno Kouno[1] F 7 August 1902 111 years, 209 days Japan
50 Rosa Pesce[1] F 12 September 1902 111 years, 173 days Italy
51 Kiyo Oshiro[1] F 15 September 1902 111 years, 170 days Japan
52 Helen Wheat[1] F 16 September 1902 111 years, 169 days United States
53 Masa Iseri[1] F 19 September 1902 111 years, 166 days Japan
54 Dorothy Peel[1] F 28 September 1902 111 years, 157 days United Kingdom
55 Take Matsui[1] F 1 October 1902 111 years, 154 days Japan
Masayo Ito[1] F 1 October 1902 111 years, 154 days Japan
57 Florence Pittaway[1] F 15 October 1902 111 years, 140 days United Kingdom
Sute Sato[1] F 15 October 1902 111 years, 140 days Japan
59 Egbertje Leutscher-de Vries[1] F 22 October 1902 111 years, 133 days Netherlands
60 Adelaida González-Alonso[1] F 23 October 1902 111 years, 132 days Spain
61 Ida Schlesinger[1] F 7 November 1902 111 years, 117 days United States
62 Myrtle Clifton[1] F 19 November 1902 111 years, 105 days United States
63 Matsu Adachi[1] F 1 January 1903 111 years, 62 days Japan
64 Gladys Hooper[1] F 18 January 1903 111 years, 45 days United Kingdom
65 Alexander Imich[1] M 4 February 1903 111 years, 28 days United States[i]
66 Sakari Momoi[1] M 5 February 1903 111 years, 27 days Japan
67 Helen Lettinga[1] F 6 February 1903 111 years, 26 days United States
68 Yasutaro Koide[1] M 13 March 1903 110 years, 356 days Japan
69 Ethan Shelton[1] M 10 July 1903 110 years, 237 days United States
70 Aleksandra Dranka[2] F 3 October 1903 110 years, 152 days Poland[j]

a^ Gerena was born in Puerto Rico.
b^ Steinberg was born in Kishinev, which was then a part of the Russian Empire; it is now located in Moldova.
c^ Barwis was born in the United States.
d^ Velasco was born in Mexico.
e^ Ecklund was born in Sweden.
f^ Gray was born in the United Kingdom.
g^ Snavely was born in Ireland.
h^ Gaudette was born in the United States.
i^ Imich was born in Częstochowa, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. It is now in Poland.
j^ Dranka was born in Harklowa, which was then part of Austria-Hungary; it is presently located in Poland.

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On The Short List 

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George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 16, 1917)

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ (born 27 May 1922)
 
Sir Roger George Moore, KBE (born 14 October 1927)
 
George Clifton James (born May 29, 1921)
 
Kirk Douglas [born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916]
 
Abraham Charles “Abe” Vigoda (born February 24, 1921)
 
Zsa Zsa Gabor [born Sári Gábor on February 6, 1917]
 
Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916)

Jerry Lewis [born Joseph (Jerome) Levitch on March 16, 1926]

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924)

Isaac Sidney “Sid” Caesar (born September 8, 1922)

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929)

Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927)

Donald Jay “Don” Rickles (born May 8, 1926)

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, April 3, 1924)

Olivia Mary de Havilland (born 1 July 1916)

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) (born 21 April 1926)

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 10 June 1921)

Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born 16 October 1925)

Albert Francis “Al” Molinaro (born June 24, 1919)

Gina Lollobrigida ( born 4 July 1927)

Carol Elaine Channing (born January 31, 1921)

Maureen O’Hara (born 17 August 1920)

Guy Hamilton (born 16 September 1922)

Louis Jourdan (born 19 June 1921)

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (born May 12, 1925)

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926)

Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925)

Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925)

Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (/ˈɡɒf ˈwɪtləm/ born July 11, 1916)

George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924)

Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (born 16 April 1927)

Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922)

George Robert “Bob” Newhart (born September 5, 1929)

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Kosher vs. Halal

In order for meat to be kosher, it must fit a number of requirements:
- It must be from a kosher animal (e.g., cow, as opposed to pig)
- It must have been in good health before it is slaughtered.
- It must be slaughtered at the neck with a very sharp knife.
- Some portions of the fat, and all blood must be removed.(The blood is drawn out by packing the fresh meat in salt, which is where kosher salt gets its name from.)
A blessing is generally said before the slaughter, but its absence would not, I think, render the meat non-kosher.
And a rabbi is generally supposed to be present to ensure that all the above have been strictly followed.

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Western Slaughterhouses  & Abattoirs

Stunning the animal before it is actually slaughtered is a common practice in many western countries. It is claimed to be more comforting and causing less pain to the animal.

Pre-slaughter stunning was originally introduced to protect abattoir personnel, rather than the animals themselves. The idea was to immobilize the animal to facilitate killing procedures. However, the principle of stunning has now evolved to encompass the idea that animals should be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered.

There are many methods used for stunning animals, just to mention a few:

The Captive Bolt Pistol

This stunning method is widely used for all farmed animals. There are two types of captive bolt pistol: penetrative and non-penetrative. Penetrative stunners drive a bolt into the skull and cause unconsciousness both through physical brain damage and the concussive blow to the skull. The bolt on a non-penetrative stunner is ‘mushroom-headed’ and impacts on the brain without entering the skull. Unconsciousness is caused by the concussive blow. After the animal is unconscious, it is slaughtered.

The bolt is described as ‘captive’ because it flies out of the barrel but remains attached to the pistol. The pistol is placed on the centre of the animal’s forehead and is either trigger-fired or fires automatically on contact with the animal’s head.

Pitching

Pitching is carried out in the majority of cattle slaughterhouses. The practice involves inserting a wire or rod through the hole in the head made by the captive bolt. The rod is slid up and down to destroy the lower part of the brain and the spinal cord.

Electric head-only stunning (electric shock or current)

Electric head-only stunning with tongs is used to stun cattle, calves, sheep, goats, rabbits and ostriches. The operator places a pair of electric tongs on either side of the animal’s head and passes an electric current through the brain – supposedly causing a temporary loss of consciousness.

Waterbath stunning

The electric waterbath is widely used to stun chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Birds are shackled upside down on a moving conveyor which carries them to an electrified waterbath into which their heads are supposed to be immersed. The shackles contact a bar which is connected to earth. The strength of the electrical current has risen in recent years – with the aim of ensuring that birds suffer a cardiac arrest and die when they enter the waterbath.

Gas stunning

An animal is stunned by exposing them to a mixture of carbon dioxide and air. This gas causes the animal to loose its consciousness, after which it is slaughtered.

Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For a meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)

The slaughter of a halal animal is called “zabihah” and there are certain guidelines to follow:

  • Allah’s (God’s) name must be pronounced during slaughter.
  • The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter. The animal must be slit at the throat.
  • The animal must not be unconscious
  • The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is not halal.
  • These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable.
  • The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.