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High Demand Strains Army's Sole Ammunition Plant

Ammunition rolls off the assembly line at the U.S. Army's Lake City plant in Independence, Mo.
Greg Allen, NPR
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Ammunition rolls off the assembly line at the U.S. Army's Lake City plant in Independence, Mo.

U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with requirements that troops receive more live-fire training, have created the highest demand for small-caliber ammunition since the Vietnam era. Capacity is severely strained at Lake City, the U.S. Army's sole ammunition plant. Hear NPR's Greg Allen.

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As NPR's Miami correspondent, Greg Allen reports on the diverse issues and developments tied to the Southeast. He covers everything from breaking news to economic and political stories to arts and environmental stories. He moved into this role in 2006, after four years as NPR's Midwest correspondent.