Concerns over munition levels among key Gulf partner nations are driving the Pentagon to look at how it can speed up manufacture and delivery of precision weapons, the US Air Force’s top official said Tuesday.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told reporters at the Dubai Airshow that Gulf partners have expressed concerns to her that they are running dangerously low on munitions following 13 months of continuous bombing operations in Syria and Yemen.

“One of the key areas that our partners have brought to my attention, and to the attention of [US Air Forces Central Command head Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr.] and the rest of us, is the importance of replenishing our stocks of ammunition and precision guided munitions,” James said. “So that’s a key message that I’m going to be taking back to Washington and it’s one that we’re working pretty hard.” […]