Dashing Daesh: Pentagon Seeks Big Money to Replace Depleted Bomb Stockpiles

As details emerge about the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2017, the US is hoping to increase its cash outlay for defense in order to replace its dwindling stockpile of smart bombs, which are said to be desperately needed in the fight against Daesh.

Over the past 18 months, the US has conducted over 9,000 airstrikes against Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria. Having little impact on the terrorist group, Washington has nevertheless dropped $1.3 billion worth of bombs and missiles, as of December 31.