In the last few weeks, Trump has told a new "sir" story.
As you may have guessed from the two "lords" or the substance of history, Trump's claim is a serious exaggeration.
"No general or admiral would say so. "Hertling said in an e-mail." They could say they had concerns, or if they were asked to attack a country (for example, North Korea), a major limitation would be that they did not have the right amount of ammunition to hit all targets (say, say, every 10,000 artillery pieces hidden in caves in North Korea, or all potential missile locations), but then they would meet their requirements. "
However, as Hertling noted, there are some real facts that underlie the dubious story.
What the military has said about the ammunition stand
According to military leaders, there were late in Obama's presidency and at the beginning of the presidency, a shortage of certain types of ammunition, particularly precision-guided bombs Trump presidency – after the US had used tens of thousands of these ammunition in the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.
Critic of US military intervention while abroad, one of the ways in which the US could address a bombing shortage is to conduct fewer bomb attacks, yet Trump did not invent anything: the military leaders have made it clear that they believe the US is lower on certain ammunition as it should be, although none of them publicly said something like "We have no ammunition".
How bad was it?
It was never clear how bad or unusual the perceived lack was was because the military did not publish comprehensive data on munitions stands Michael O & # 39; Hanlon, a senior staff member of the Brookings Institution, who specializing in defense strategies, said "no allegations such as Trump's should be made at face value," but we do not have the information to fully assess his allegations.
The military generally has a certain shortage of ammunition at all times, which relates to formal goals and preferred levels – mostly, "O & # 39; Hanlon said in an email.
Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget According to an analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, some ammunition supplies, such as Hellfire missiles and Joint Direct Attack ammunition, have "thinned out" (and received) more money due to heavy use in the ISIS conflict and Afghanistan to replenish its stocks, and the manufacturers of these weapons have ramped up production to meet these new orders. "
" So while it was a problem, it never became an operational problem, as far as I can tell. " Harriso said in an e-mail.
Hertling said there was" ALWAYS worried "not having enough ammunition to fight multiple wars at the same time This is not a problem that will be eliminated.
"The truth is that there is not enough to get around, and if the priorities are postponed it would be a logistical challenge, the right type and the right amount To bring ammunition (and other logistics / equipment) into the commander who was in a fight, "he said.
Ryan Browne of CNN contributed to the this report.