• Employees of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant prepare primer in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant produces a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 50-caliber, and other small-caliber rounds for the U.S. armed forces.

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    Employees of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant prepare primer in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant produces a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 50-caliber, and other small-caliber rounds for the U.S. armed forces.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. answers reporters questions at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Lake City, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. “I must say, I am hugely impressed with what I’ve seen here and with the spirit and dedication of the men and women that work here,” Casey said following his tour of the plant.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. answers reporters questions at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Lake City, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. “I must say, I am hugely impressed with what I’ve seen here and with the spirit and dedication...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is shown the different ways small-caliber rounds are packaged during a tour of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is shown the different ways small-caliber rounds are packaged during a tour of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009.

  • A Lake City Army Ammunition Plant employee inspects the small-caliber ammunition during the final phases of production at Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant produces a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 50-caliber, and other small-caliber rounds for the U.S. armed forces.

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    A Lake City Army Ammunition Plant employee inspects the small-caliber ammunition during the final phases of production at Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant produces a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 50-caliber, and other small-caliber rounds for the...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is told of the different phases involved in making ammunition such as 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 20mm and .50 caliber rounds at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009.  Lake City is the Department of Defense only government producer of small-caliber ammunition.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is told of the different phases involved in making ammunition such as 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 20mm and .50 caliber rounds at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. Lake City...

  • Thousands of small-caliber shell casings at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. More than 20 million of small rounds that are produced at the plant are utilized in Afghanistan each year, according to plant officials.

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    Thousands of small-caliber shell casings at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. More than 20 million of small rounds that are produced at the plant are utilized in Afghanistan each year, according to plant officials.

  • A Lake City Army Ammunition Plant employee operates the machinery while the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is briefed on the plants overall operations in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. Lake City is the Department of Defense only government producer of small-caliber ammunition.

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    A Lake City Army Ammunition Plant employee operates the machinery while the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is briefed on the plants overall operations in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. Lake City is the Department of Defense only...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. inquires about the production of munitions during a briefing at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant was established in 1941 and is currently the single largest producer of small arms ammunition for the United States military.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. inquires about the production of munitions during a briefing at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant was established in 1941 and is currently the single...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. observes one of the inspection phases in the production of small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant is the single largest producer of small arms ammunition for the United States military.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. observes one of the inspection phases in the production of small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant is the single largest producer...

  • An employee of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant prepares primers for small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant is the largest small-arms manufacturing plant in the United States with more than 1.4 billion rounds produced annually.

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    An employee of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant prepares primers for small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The plant is the largest small-arms manufacturing plant in the United States...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is shown machinery that's starts the process of building the shell casings for small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. Casey toured the plant to observe the production of small-caliber ammunition and the plant’s modernization efforts.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is shown machinery that's starts the process of building the shell casings for small-caliber ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. Casey toured the...

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is given a briefing on the operations at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The government-owned, contractor-operated facility produces ammunition such as 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 20mm and .50 caliber rounds and is the only government producer of small-caliber ammunition.

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    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. is given a briefing on the operations at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009. The government-owned, contractor-operated facility produces ammunition such as 5.56mm...

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