US Air Force General Believes NATO Weapons Stockpiles Have Been Depleted at Alarming Rates
Air Force General James Hecker asserted that the United States’ and its NATO allies’ weapons stockpiles have become “dangerously low,” with no “short-term” solutions.
Hecker is commander of US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa. He made the shocking comments at the Chief of the Air Staff’s Global Air & Space Chiefs’ Conference in London, per a Breaking Defense report.
The air force general called on NATO allies to get serious about looking at the state of their military stockpiles.
“I think it’s very important that we kind of take stock of where we are in our weapons state across the 32 nations of NATO, and we’re getting way down compared to where we were,” Hecker stated, while giving a speech before a panel with the Air Force leaders of the UK and Sweden at the conference.
“And it’s probably not going to get better—well, it’s not in the short term—but we’ve got to make sure in the long term we have the industrial base that can increase what we have,” he stated at the July 12–13 event, calling on all NATO member states to begin making larger defense investments.
The US is at “roughly half the number of fighter squadrons” it had compared to when it launched in Operation Desert Storm, the January 1991 invasion of Iraq as part of a response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, per the general.
The US government has supplied Ukraine with over $41.3 billion in military aid since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, per figures from the U.S. State Department. Of that total, over $15 billion was in weapons and equipment sent to Ukraine from US military stocks ever since the Russian invasion kicked off.
Indeed, the US and its satrapies are playing a dangerous game by partaking in this boneheaded geopolitical crusade against Russia. Foreign policy decisions made with raw emotion are often devoid of logic and have no concern for potential unintended consequences. One of those unintended consequences is the outright depletion of Western military stocks, which is leading to the de facto demilitarization of NATO.
At some point, cooler heads will have to prevail. If they don’t the West will be incapable of defending itself against real threats such as hostile migrant hordes from the Global South and the criminal syndicates that generally accompany them.