The intense firefight over Ukraine Has the Pentagon reconsiders its approach weapons stockpiles. If there were a major conflict today, what would it be? the The United States has enough ammunition to fight?

It’s a question confronting Pentagon planners, not only as they aim to Supply Ukraine A war with Russia could go on for years. But they also look ahead to A potential conflict With China.

Russia is You can fire up to 20,000 rounds per day. This includes bullets for automatic rifles. to truck-sized cruise missiles. Ukraine is Answering with up to 7,000 rounds per day, firing 155mm howitzer rounds, Stinger antiaircraft missiles, and now NASAMS air defense munitionsThousands of small arms fire rounds.

There are many of Ukraine’s firepower is Being supplied by the U.S. government-funded weapons These are pushed almost every week to the Front lines On Wednesday, the Biden administration has announced additional round of aid That will give 20 million more small arms ammunition to Kyiv.

“We’ve not been in a position where we’ve got only a few days of some critical munition left,” According to Michael McCord (Peninsula comptroller), McCord spoke to reporters in October. “But we are now supporting a partner who is.”

U.S. defense production lines cannot be scaled to Supply a major land war and some, such as for the StingerThese were shut down previously.

That’s putting pressure on U.S. reserves and has officials asking whether U.S. weapons Stockpiles are large enough. Would you the U.S. ready to Please respond to Today, what would happen if China invades Taiwan?

“What would happen if something blew up in Indo-Pacom? Not five years from now, not 10 years from now, what if it happened next week?” Bill LaPlante the Pentagon’s top weapons Referring to buyer to the military’s Indo-Pacific Command. He spoke at a conference on defense acquisitions at George Mason University in Virginia.

“What do we have in any degree of quantity? That will actually be effective? Those are the questions we’re asking right this minute,” He said.

The Army uses many of them the These are the same munitions which have proven to be most critical in UkraineHigh Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (also known as HIMARSStinger missiles, 155mm howitzer rounds and is It is now being reviewed stockpile requirementsDoug Bush the Army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, told reporters Monday.

“They’re seeing what Ukraine is using, what we can produce and how fast we can ramp up, all of which are factors you would work into, ‘OK, how (big) does your pre-war stockpile need to be?” Bush stated. “The slower you ramp up, the bigger the pile needs to be at the start.”

The military aid Packages the The U.S. sends either inventory from its stockpiles, or funds contracts with the industry to Increase production. Minimum $19 billion for military aid This has been committed to The total number of artillery rounds used in 155mm howitzers has reached 924,000, with more than 8,500 Javelin Anti-Tank Systems, 1,600 Stinger Aircraft Systems and hundreds of other vehicles and drones. It’s also provided advanced air defense systems and 38 HIMARS, although the Pentagon does not reveal how many rounds it sends with ammunition the Rocket systems.

Infusion of weapons is raising questions on Capitol Hill.

This month the Congress was contacted by the administration to Spend $37 billion more on military and humanitarian assistance aid to Ukraine In the After-election legislative session to It must be approved before the Republicans can take control the House in January. Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican Leader from California, who is You are looking to He has been criticized by Republicans for not supporting writing as a speaker “blank check” for Ukraine.

Stockpiles are not easily replenished even with fresh money. There are several of the Systems are most important in Ukraine Many production lines had been shut down years before. The idea of keeping a production line open is It is expensive and it is not worth it the The Army had other priorities.

Raytheon received a $624m contract from the Pentagon in May for 1,300 Stinger missiles. the The company stated it won’t be able to Production will increase until next year to Parts shortages

“The Stinger line was shut down in 2008,” LaPlante said. “Really, who did that? We all did it. You did it. We did it,” He said, referring to Congress the Pentagon’s decision not to Continued production of the Army’s anti-aircraft munition, which can be launched by a soldier or mounted to A platform or truck.

Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, estimates that based on an analysis of Army budget documents in the past, the 1,600 Stinger systems the U.S. provided to Ukraine They represent approximately one-quarter its total arsenal.

HIMARS is the system which Ukraine a successful counteroffensive. the LaPlante agreed.

“The thing now that is saving Ukraine, and that everybody around the world wants, we stopped production of it,” He said.

HIMARS production was stopped by the Army starting in 2014 to 2018, LaPlante said. The Army is Try it now to Production ramped up to Build up to Bush stated that eight per month is enough, and 96 per year is sufficient.

HIMARS effectiveness in Ukraine This has also led to increased interest in other countries. Even as Taiwan, Lithuania, Poland have placed orders the U.S. works to Rush more to Ukraine. If the Conflict drags on, and HIMARS ammunition continues to be used is Prioritized for Ukraine, that could potentially limit U.S. troops’ access to the Rounds for live-fire training

This month, the Pentagon announced a contract worth $14.4 million to Production of new HIMARS can be accelerated to Restock your stocks.

“This conflict has revealed that munitions production in the United States and with our allies is likely insufficient for major land wars,” Ryan Brobst, an analyst from the Center for Military and Political Power the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Recently, the U.S. announced that it would supply Ukraine Four Avenger air defense systemsPortable launchers that can either be mounted on wheels or tracked vehicles to Provide another, shorter-range option to combat the Iranian drones being used by Russia’s forces. But the Avenger systems rely on Stinger missiles, too.

Sabrina Singh, Pentagon deputy press secretary, said stockpile All concerns were considered.

“We wouldn’t have provided these Stinger missiles if we didn’t feel that we could,” Singh spoke at a Pentagon briefing.