Procurement: Stolen Munitions Leak to Terrorists

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October 20, 2006: India is finding out that corruption in the army, which is always a problems, is being found lower down in the chain of command. It's been discovered that low level supply officers and NCOs have been shuffling paperwork to make munitions "disappear", and then move the stuff off to customers like the Nepalese Maoists. Because this is a foreign "power" that is not a direct threat to India, the gunrunners setting up these deals do not have to worry about the about treason. Moreover, theft alone doesn't carry the death penalty. If the generals are taking big payoffs from arms manufacturers, than a supply sergeant can make much less for diverting some mines or bullets. But what counter-terrorism organizations have to worry about are who else the gunrunners might sell the stolen munitions to. Even the gangsters know that any terrorist connection could be more trouble than it is worth. But once the stolen munitions are out there, terrorists pretending to be something else, can get the stuff, especially if they are willing to pay a premium. That worries the military, as well as the gangsters, because the media fallout would not be pretty.

 


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