U.S. Bolsters Ukraine Support while Keeping an Eye on Defense Readiness
Monday September 11, 2023
The big picture: Amid Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is striving to bolster its support for the Eastern European nation without compromising its own military readiness, according to the Department of Defense Newsroom.
By the numbers:
– Over $43 billion in security assistance has been committed to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion started in February 2022.
– This aid has supplied Ukraine with more than 2,000 Stinger antiaircraft systems, over 10,000 Javelin anti-armor systems, and in excess of 2 million 155-mm artillery rounds.
Zoom in: The U.S. is increasing its artillery round production, which Ukraine heavily relies on for defense, aiming to produce over 80,000 rounds monthly within a year.
Between the lines: William A. LaPlante, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, stressed that every item sent to Ukraine undergoes scrutiny. If any equipment’s relocation might impact U.S. readiness or heighten risk, it won’t be transferred.
The backdrop: The Biden administration’s massive support initiative aims to provide Ukraine with essential military equipment and supplies, primarily drawn from existing U.S. stocks.
Catch up quickly: Recent escalations have intensified Ukraine’s needs. The U.S., in coordination with allies, is optimizing its defense industrial base to address these needs efficiently.
What’s next: The DOD is keeping a keen eye on future defense strategies, with Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks introducing the “replicator initiative”. This strategy targets the rapid buildup of China’s military, emphasizing the deployment of unmanned, affordable platforms and leveraging U.S. innovation.
Go deeper: This move goes beyond merely swift actions and new acquisitions; it’s about deploying defense capabilities at a significant scale, as highlighted by LaPlante.
The Amulus angle: As the U.S. prioritizes the safeguarding of both its defense personnel and allies, tools like the Amulus Robus Safe Haven offer an opportunity to provide state-of-the-art protection. These units, with their unique ballistic protection and communication features, can serve as invaluable assets on the ground, ensuring the safety of defense leaders and troops while maintaining the flow of aid and supplies in high-threat regions like Ukraine.