US Air Force needs more bombs to fight ISIS but lacks funding

Staff Sgt. Brian Chatham, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew chiefs, secures munitions to an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with a flare on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 11, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)

U.S. military officials recently said the country’s 15-month bombing campaign on ISIS is depleting its munitions supply. The officials believe the military needs additional money and other support to win the “the long fight.”

“We’re expending munitions faster than we can replenish them,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Friday. “We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight. This is a critical need.”

According to FOX News, the Air Force has fired more than 20,000 bombs and missiles at ISIS targets in Syria.

Air Force officials said they currently have enough munitions, but they project a shortage in the near future, which is why they want long-term planning and funding to avoid running out of munitions.

“B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers,” Welsh said. “We are able to manage inventories to sustain operations against ISIL at this time. We do need funding in place and the ability to forecast for production to be ready for the long fight… We continue to work on a longer term funding strategy which is absolutely required.”

The Air Force received some help in recent weeks when France and Russia started bombing ISIS targets in Syria. This week, the United Kingdom joined the U.S. led coalition after a series of ISIS attacks in Europe.

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