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In race to arm Ukraine, U.S. faces cracks in its manufacturing might

By Missy Ryan

08 Mar 2023 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

The conflict in Ukraine has exposed America's inability to rapidly ramp up production of many weapons needed for Ukraine - and for its own self-defense. The Post explains how this problem has arisen.

SCRANTON, Pa. - A sharp hissing sound fills the factory as red-hot artillery shells are plunged into scalding oil.

Richard Hansen, a Navy veteran who oversees this government-owned munitions facility, explains how the 1,500-degree liquid locks in place chemical properties that ensure when the shells are fired - perhaps on a battlefield in Ukraine - they detonate in the deadly manner intended.

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