By Rebecca Kheel - 02/03/16 12:33 PM EST
The Pentagon says the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has the weapons it needs, even as munitions supplies run low.
“Obviously, the Department of Defense will prioritize supply to where it's needed,” Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for the campaign, said in a press briefing on Wednesday. “And as an active battlefield, obviously, priority of supply will come to us.”
His comments come after Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday said supplies are starting to run low because of the fight against ISIS.
The Pentagon plans to spend $1.8 billion to buy 45,000 more of those bombs, Carter added.
On Wednesday, Warren elaborated on Carter’s remarks, saying the additional bombs will help operations stay apace.
“It has not had an impact on our ability to conduct our operations at all,” he said. “So, the secretary's announcement to buy additional munitions will only serve to ensure that that situation remains constant.”
Carter’s overall budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 would increase spending on the war against ISIS by 50 percent to $7.5 billion. The Pentagon’s total budget would be $582.7 billion.