posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 03:34 AM
Not sure if this is the correct forum for this post, so please move if need be. Just found this interesting little article. The volumes mentioned
appear to be somewhat mind boggling.
The Department of Homeland Security is rushing to finish the acquisition of 750 million rounds of high-power ammunition that has already raised
many eyebrows. In one week, the DHS should start expecting an arsenal that will make some armies jealous.
The DHS has updated a solicitation originally posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website earlier this year, now answering questions from
prospective contractors about an inquiry the agency published back in April. All responses to the DHS’ request for hundreds of millions of rounds of
high-power ammunition must still be sent in by August 20, but now the federal agency designated to thwart terrorism on the home front has answered
some questions about what exactly they are looking for in terms of being able to blow stuff up.
In April, the DHS first published a solicitation “for commercial leaded training ammunition (CLTA) of various calibers for law enforcement officer
firearms training courses” to be used at facilities in the states of Georgia, New Mexico, Maryland and South Carolina, as well as other unnamed DHS
offices across the country. At the time the DHS demanded hundreds of thousands of test rounds for an array of ammunition types, including 209,000
rounds of #00 buckshot 8-pellet bullets for 12 gauge guns and more than 2 million shots for a .357 Sig Caliber. With their solicitation set to expire
in less than a week, though, the DHS has taken it upon themselves to answer questions from contractors interested in their very pricey proposal.
In the latest amendment, published online over the weekend, the DHS answers such pressing questions as, say, “Would a 223 Rem 64Grain soft point
round be acceptable?” in response to their initial request for 1.1 million rounds of .223 Rem Caliber 62.64 Grain JHP. (And, if you’re wondering,
the official DHS-authored answer is, “Yes, that would be acceptable.”)
The DHS does not, however, answer why exactly they want to give its federal agents tasked with counterterrorism around 750 million rounds of ammo. On
paper the proposal says their request is to fulfill training exercise requirements, but why is the DHS equipping their officers with the know-how to
shoot a basketball-size hole in a human body?
And for those not keeping score, already this year the DHS has asked for upwards of 150 sets of full-body armor specifically to prepare law
enforcement for any protests at the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other events of
national significance. Oh, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has admitted that she wants the agency to accumulate more surveillance drones to conduct
domestic surveillance for the sake of “public safety.”
But don’t worry: millions of rounds of high-powered ammo, stealth surveillance craft and an army of heavily armored federal agents is all for your
Now I live in the UK and have no knowledge of whats happening stateside, but I have been reading about National Guard Mobilisation recently and now
this, sounds like they are preparing for something very big. Worried? damn I would be.