Insensitive Munitions: Stopping American Ammo and Munitions from Killing US Troops

Munitions explosion Ukrane with multiple sympathetic detonations.

Munitions explosion Ukrane with multiple sympathetic detonations.

December 4, 2017 | Source: Fox News, foxnews.com, 16 November 2017, Allison Barrie

Our military relies on bullets and bombs to do their job – but how do we stop those munitions from being used against our own troops?  The military needs the most powerful munitions possible, but that explosive power can put U.S. troops at risk.

Accidental explosions can occur during transport or storage of munitions. Sometimes munitions can even seem to spontaneously combust when they are shot or exposed to fire; a munitions case may weaken or melt, for example. Burning is the least violent of the reactions that can occur.

One solution to this risk to US troops is something called “insensitive munitions.”

For additional information on insensitive munitions, see "Insensitive Munitions: Where Are We Now?", DSIAC Journal, Vol 1, No. 1, 2014, https://www.dsiac.org/resources/journals/dsiac/summer-2014-volume-1-number-1/insensitive-munitions-where-are-we-now.