2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 16:43:38 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Anti-Armor Weapons
In a May, 2000 report, the General Accounting Office suggests that the
U.S. armed services may have too many anti-tank weapons. In "Defense
Acquisitions: Antiarmor Munitions Master Plan Does Not Identify
Potential Excesses or Support Planned Procurement" (GAO/NSIAD-00-67),
the auditing agency finds that the military has not justified its
procurement of anti-armor weapons. Congressional committees have already
questioned the level of development and procurement of such weapons.

It's possible, therefore, that the military may soon start
demilitarizing and disposing anti-armor weapons. Since many anti-armor
weapons contain uranium penetrators, this could raise new environmental
challenges. Ironically, the uranium in weapons is recycled waste from
the Energy Department's (and possibly others') processing of higher
grades of uranium.

GAO reports may be downloaded from http:www.gao.gov, and single
hardcopies may be ordered by phone from 202/512-6000.

Lenny Siegel

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/968-1126

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