More than two months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S., the world’s largest arms maker and exporter, is running short of some weapons and has yet to boost production to replace the depleted stocks.
Pandemic-driven shortages of computer chips, rocket motors, propellant and labor have exacerbated long-held concerns about the U.S. military-industrial base and its ability to increase production in times of conflict.
Military spending is set to rise, with the Biden administration requesting $773 billion for the Pentagon’s next financial year, but the military is still running short of some weapons widely used in Ukraine.
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