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DOD plans Stinger tracker

Defense Department officials expect an electronic database and monitoring system for Stinger missiles to be in place by October. A recent report from the General Accounting Office concluded that DOD lacks the tools needed to ensure that Stingers sold overseas don’t find their way to rogue nations or terrorist groups. Stingers are man-portable, shoulder-fired guided missile systems designed to shoot down low-altitude jets, propeller airplanes and helicopters. The military is required to inventory every Stinger missile system sold overseas annually. “However, DOD’s inventory inspection process has flaws,” the GAO report states. “First, DOD records on the number and destination of Stingers sold overseas are incomplete, unreliable and largely in hard-copy form. Second, DOD officials overseas use inconsistent practices when inspecting Stinger inventories because DOD lacks procedures for conducting these inspections.” Full Story

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