Skip to comments.Why Does DHS Need More Bullets Per Officer Than Army?
Posted on 04/26/2013 3:46:50 PM PDT by raptor22
Federal Power: Homeland Security's procurement officer is grilled in Congress on why federal agents who rarely fire weapons need several times more bullets annually than an Army officer. Who or what are they shooting at?
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Thursday asked Nick Nayak, DHS' chief procurement officer, a question we and others have been asking: Why has the Department of Homeland Security been buying so much ammunition?
Dismissed as a concern only of right-wing conspiracy theorists, the reported amounts as high as 2 billion rounds have varied and been explained not as a one-time purchase but a bulk buy over five years to reduce costs. It's one of the rare instances, apparently, a government agency has actually cared about such a thing.
Nayak appeared before Chaffetz's House oversight subcommittee to do what Obama administration officials are loath to do the actual math. Chaffetz has, and his number-crunching raises more questions than DHS has answered to date.
Chaffetz noted that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year among roughly 70,000 agents.
Comparing that with the small-arms purchases by the U.S. Army, he said the DHS is churning through between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer per year, while the Army goes through roughly 350 per officer.
Nayak, acknowledging that the five-tear potential bullet buy could be as high as 750 million rounds, did not contest Chaffetz's math and said the massive buys were needed for training. DHS has procured "approximately 120 million rounds of ammunition per year of all calibers and types and fired approximately the same number of rounds per year, almost exclusively for training purposes," according to Nayak's testimony.
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So what’s IBD’s opinion on this? It’s posted as an editorial.
I seem to recall this: We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives weve set. Weve got to have a civilian national security force thats just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
Nah, can’t be that.
Simple. They need more so once they destroy the second amendment and declare martial law they can kill more of us.
I've seen SWAT patches and badges that look suspiciously like Ranger tabs, SEAL badges, SAS devices, etc., so it's obvious who they think they are. I'm guessing the "SWAT beret" is just a matter of time.
Homeland Security said it had 263 million rounds of ammunition stockpiled as of November, which is more than two years worth.
In 2012, the department used 88.3 million rounds for training, and 27.9 million rounds for operational purposes. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, used the most ammunition at nearly 38 million rounds, while Immigration and Customs Enforcement used more than 28 million rounds.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/25/sequester-tight-budgets-means-dhs-buying-less-ammu/#ixzz2RcL0z1lQ
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.....and 27.9 million rounds for operational purposes....
What do they use that many rounds on ‘for operational purposes’ when they have training listed as a separate category?
If that were true, there should be a pre-existing email trail that supports the concept.
Somebody needs to ask: If the purchases are for that reason, then how much savings per round/box/case would those purchase orders have accomplished over purchase orders totaling 80% of the total? 50% of the total?
In other words, how much, in actual dollars, will they save by purchasing the amount they have issued purchase orders for?
Surely they have those numbers easily available, right?
they wore a raspberry beret, the kind you find a second hand store.
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Uh, so they can stop by and shoot you?
Resist we much....
Pray, keep armed and ready.
The store had some other merchandise on the shelves where the handgun ammo used to be displayed. I guess they have no anticipation of carrying inventory in the near future.
Whoa. Maybe they were out of stock?
Maybe they had no reason to reserve any shelf space for handgun ammo for the foreseeable future?
And if it was warm they wouldn't wear much more?