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Marine leaders acknowledge stockpile concerns; support CH-53K block buy

Stinger Missile Training

A Marine training to be part of the Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) section fires a Stinger missile. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Rachel K. Young)

WASHINGTON: As the conflict in Ukraine nears the three-month mark, the various requests for different weapon systems from the US is stirring concern on Capitol Hill about what impact the draw-downs may have on the Pentagon’s stockpiles. And the Marines, with the smallest stockpiles of weapons, are now making their long-term concerns heard as well.

To date, the US Marine Corps alone has sent approximately 1,000 Javelin and 1,000 Stinger missile weapon systems to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invading army, , the Marine Corps’ top requirements officer, told a House panel today.

The supplemental funding Congress previously provided to the military, around $3.4 billion, will

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