October 17, 2022

US Stockpiles Diminish, Biden Sends More Aid to Ukraine

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

The United States will dispatch another $625 million in military aid to Ukraine, as they defend their country against the terrors of Russian invasion. As the US runs past the National Debt mark of $31.1 trillion, we are now also depleting our stockpile of munitions and defense weapons, thanks to the actions of President Biden. 

The Background: 

According to the Pentagon, the latest shipment will include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket systems (HIMARS).  Senior defense officials have said the rocket launchers’ high-precision capabilities have contributed to Kyiv’s recent battlefield wins.

The shipment will also include 16 155mm howitzers, 75,000 accompanying artillery rounds and an additional 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 1,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine Systems, 16 105mm howitzers, 30,000 120mm mortar rounds, 200 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, and Claymore anti-personnel munitions.

This is the 22nd such shipment sent under the Presidential Drawdown Authority since August of last year.

The Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) was formed to allow Washington to purchase and procure the weapons in these and similar packages, however, USAI  packages take longer to deliver to Ukraine given the time it takes to purchase and build new weapons. Drawdown packages, by contrast, typically take just four days to be sourced and sent to Europe as they come out of our very own stockpile.

According to the NYPost, the Defense Department has not revealed the specific amount of weapons and military equipment remaining in its stocks, but on Monday, Biden gave the OK to boost defense production and acquisition.

Notable Quotes: 

“President Biden pledged to continue supporting Ukraine as it defends itself from Russian aggression for as long as it takes.”-- White House readout

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