The Air Force and coalition partners in the air war against the Islamic State are not only sharing intelligence, runways and strategic plans, they're also sharing bombs.
Coalition jets having been taking from the U.S. stockpiles as needed, said Lt. Gen. John Raymond, deputy chief of staff for operations at Headquarters Air Force.
"We do have relationships with our coalition partners for those supplies; they are using those weapons as well," Raymond told reporters Thursday at a defense writer's briefing in Washington, D.C.
"We're in the business of killing terrorists and business is good," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the paper. "We need to replenish our munitions stock. Weapons take years to produce, from the day the contract is assigned until they roll off the production line."
Airmen are also involved in meeting the demand for ordnance.
And some airmen fill that production line under the high demand.
"We've had a lot of engagements over the history of the Air Force. This pace of building precision guided munitions or JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) is significantly greater than past smaller engagements," SMSgt. Gordon Comerford, the production superintendent and supervisor for the unit, told Air Force Times in January.
"We build and we have built a lot of munitions for conflicts, but generally those conflicts are short in duration, or the bombing campaign isn't as sustained as what we've done here," he said.
Oriana Pawlyk covers deployments, cyber, Guard/Reserve, uniforms, physical training, crime and operations in the Middle East, Europe and Pacific for Air Force Times. She was the Early Bird Brief editor in 2015. Email her at email@example.com.