Originally Posted by Fish
It's already been explained in several other threads. It's not some grand conspiracy. Truth is that they simply contracted it in this way because it saves money and allows them to plan for the future and ensure supply. It's called an IDIQ(“Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity”) contract. The quantities sound high, but they're really not. It allows them to acquire up to that amount and it's spread out over a 5 year period. It doesn't even mean they will use that many bullets, that's just the upper limit to what they're allowed. It's no different than the way huge places like Walmart or Home Depot operate.
I'll bet somebody had a chuckle while drafting that bullshit.
We'll just compare buying enough rounds to kill everybody in the country with stocking up at Costco!