The problem lies in computer systems and databases.
Most of America’ military branches are on systems that don’t interact, meaning as old ammo stacks up, money is wasted on new supplies.
The result is bunkers full of bullets, missiles, and other ordinance.
"Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don't have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets,” Sen. Tom Carper told USA Today.
Carper is the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military's antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases," he continued.
It’s believed the inefficiency will lead to as much as $1.2 billion worth of ammo will be destroyed.
Remarkably only the Army uses the standard Pentagon system for tracking and logging ammunition.
The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps all have individual programs that don’t cross-communicate.
The released a statement saying they have begun sharing information with the other services in March.
Carper pleaded for "common-sense improvements,” so taxpayer money doesn’t go up in smoke.