Controlling Munitions Stockpiles: How to Stop the Inadvertent Arming of Insurgencies

‘Failure to quickly control large weapons stockpiles in Afghanistan and Iraq have been costly’, acknowledges Geoffrey D. Stevens, a Colonel in the US army. He suggests a four-part solution: reduce the size of stockpiles; secure remaining stockpiles; recover munitions lost in situations with inadequate security; and dispose of recovered and abandoned stockpiles.