Methods Used for Determining Conventional Ammunition Requirements (Unclassified Digest)

LCD-77-401: Published: Jul 20, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 1977.

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The methods used for determining conventional U.S. ammunition requirements for the war reserve stockpile were examined, and recommendations were made for improving the methods used to meet the munitions needs in Europe.

Resupply from production facilities will take twice as long as estimated if ammunition supplies are exhausted in Europe. Logistics planning on a yearly basis reflects the world situation, but it has created imbalances between the services. The services base their requirements on different criteria. Air Force requirements are primarily based on cost effectiveness; whereas, Army requirements are primarily based on combat simulations. Despite the recommendation of the Secretary of Defense, the Navy and some Marine Corps munitions were not based on a cost-effective criterion.

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