"... The Fort Drum report is the key to finding the answers to several pertinent questions:
Why are they destroying brass, reducing its value and making it useless for reloading? Is it because they never got the message from a few years back and don’t know any better, or did someone in authority order it?
If the latter, who? And why?
Why, under “Applicable Regulations,” does the Fort Drum program cite a host of federal regulations, executive orders, State of New York regulations and Department of Defense regulations, but omit any acknowledgement of the key regulation cited in the Baucus/Tester letter, namely the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and Public Law, prohibiting such destruction
... How widespread is the destruction policy? Is it confined to Fort Drum or is this practice being conducted at other military installations? How many?
Again, who is authorizing/mandating it and why they are doing so become important questions to determine answers to.
Doing that is perhaps something best ferreted out by Congress in the bright light of public scrutiny, but chances are they won’t involve themselves unless they hear from concerned gun owners demanding that they do. The key there will be finding out if this is just a bureaucratic oversight resulting from failed communications, or if this is yet more “under the radar” executive maneuvering with the intent of further choking off already strained civilian market ammunition supply lines."
A commenter offered this:
The last time this issue came up, it was revealed the base commander had a kickback arrangement with ATK. They wanted the brass deformed so they could buy it for pennies on the dollar, then recycle back into new cases. Selling it on the open market to reloaders would be too much like competition.