By James Smith
19 October 2012
Failing to abide by established laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) has not only ordered, but awarded the contract purchase of over 6 million 9 mm JHP rounds.
The amount is tiny, and is unjustified, and raises more questions than Mr. Obama’s actual birth place.
The standard procedure, as done many times before is to issue a solicitation for the ammunition. This allows manufacturers to submit bids for the line items. An award notice is then generated, and all this is to be made public. Because we have the “Most Transparent Administration” in history – this is what should happen.
But it didn’t.
A review of the past 12 months failed to locate the solicitation number, 192112NFU0000345. Further, there are no documents attached to the solicitation. Which raises the first question: How did the contract winner, Ammunition Accessories, Inc. out of Lewiston, Idaho, know:
You see, all that information is missing. There is usually a “Statement Of Work” that is attached to these solicitation, and yet this one lacks even a speck of information.
Did they receive special consideration? They may have. The company, a part of Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC (ATK), on June 30, 2012,will change to Federal Cartridge Company. Federal Cartridge, and ATK have been frequent awardees to DHS ammunition solicitations.
Using a common metasearch for the required ammunition – 9 mm 124 grain Jacketed Hollow Point, was found.
Based on the award amount of $4,870,008.50 it was calculated that 6,957,155 rounds – nearly 7 million rounds of ammunition was purchased.
But the ammunition is not needed. According to the solicitation, the rounds are for duty. Not for training. That being said:
.40 cal S&W rounds are for duty, according to the following solicitations and stories (links do not specifically detail solicitations, only ammunition purchases:
The next question then is, what is the ammunition for? It is certainly will not be used for personnel protection, as the DHS/ICE are actually moving away from the .40 S&W JHP, and going to 5.56 x 45mm NATO rounds.
Currently, DHS/ICE has allotted 140 million rounds of .40 cal S&W JHP ammunition for this calendar year. Too much to be used in the line of duty, training, or simple stockpiling.
But the Number One Question is still unanswered.
The one question that has never been adequately answered is this:
Since 2009, a grand total of 2,206,308,445 (Over 2.2 BILLION) rounds have been purchased by the Department of Homeland Security.
When you find that out, you may be the world’s smartest person.