Citing an article on USA Today, Davis points out that the US Air Force has fired over 20 thousand bombs and missiles against Daesh (ISIL/Islamic State) targets in Syria and Iraq since August 2014, leaving its stock of munitions depleted and "prompting the service to scour depots around the world for more weapons and to find money to buy them."
The US Department of Defense will now have to divert money that would have been otherwise spent on training troops and maintaining combat readiness on replacing the spent munitions, according to Davis.
Yet despite these efforts, Daesh only expanded its holdings in the Middle East, he adds.
"If the US has launched 20,000 bombs and missiles against a non-state actor with no air force, navy, or modern army, how many might be required against a major world power with modern armed forces?" Davis wonders.
"How would the Department of Defense, Congress or the Administration explain to the American people that our armed forces couldn’t effectively blunt an enemy attack because we ran out of missiles?"
The US-led coalition of 65 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Iraq since August 2014, and in Syria since September 2014, albeit without the approval of the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.