New reforms target US military’s missing weapons problem

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FILE – In this July 13, 2017, image provided by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command on Feb. 9, 2021, a storage container of explosive ordnance shows signs of theft after arriving at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. An ammunition canister containing 32 rounds of 40mm M430A1 grenades, property of the U.S. Marine Corps, was missing. (U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command via AP, File)

(AP) — The Department of Defense is overhauling how it keeps track of its millions of guns and mountains of explosives, and Congress is requiring more accountability from the Pentagon.

Those are two responses to an Associated Press investigation that showed lost or stolen military weapons were reaching America’s streets. Under the new National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon will have to report weapons losses to Congress annually.

Meanwhile, the Army is modernizing its tracking. Paper records are giving way to a digital form, and a central logistics center is reviewing serious incident reports.

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