US Ammo Shortage: GD Now A Second Source Prime as it Delivers Guns, Ammo

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Ma Deuce, raising demand… In July 2005, “Pass The Ammunition: Army Taking Action on Small-Cal Shortages” began covering some of the steps the US Defense Department was taking to address this issue. Few reserves, a low production rate, and some of the oldest assembly-line machines on the supply side, coupled with skyrocketing demand, had made for a difficult situation. The Us military went on the invest substantial funds, in order to help modernize the World War 2 era Lake City ammunition plant, which had become the USA’s sole source of small caliber military ammunition. Even so, the situation was creating both front line shortages, and strategic risk. In 2005, therefore, the Army took steps to move General Dynamics into an important second source supply role, and awarded GD OTS a substantial contract… Contracts & Arrangements Unless otherwise noted, U.S. Army Field Support Command in Rock Island, IL manages these contracts, which are issued to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Inc. in St. Petersburg, FL. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Inc. in Burlington, VT is the second-source supplier – and also makes the guns that fire it. This article will cover the ammunition only. ATK, which acts as the […]

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