A rare look inside NSA Crane: Hoosiers work to find innovative ways to destroy military ammunition

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CRANE, Ind. – Ammunition dating back to World War II has found its final resting place at Crane Army Ammunition Activity in southern Indiana.

The 51,000 acre base is responsible for distributing, storing and demilitarizing ammunition deemed too unsafe or obsolete for 21st century warfare. The base also produces items like decoy flares for the Navy.

“The financial model we work by really pushes us to get better and more efficient,” Col. James Hooper said, the facility’s commander.

The operation isn’t funded by the government, meaning CAAA must work with and compete against the private sector to find new, safe and efficient ways to dispose of and recycle the military’s ammunition and make a profit.

Watch as CBS4 receives a rare inside look at CAAA and new process still in the testing phase that could revolutionize the way the facility operates.

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