In order to provide $400 million in security support to Ukraine for its fight against Russian invaders, the United States is once more drawing on its own stock of military weapons.
Since August 2021, the United States has sent military hardware to Kiev on 15 separate occasions.
According to Pentagon sources, since the Biden administration began, the United States has provided Ukraine with nearly $8 billion in security support.
Twenty Mi-17 helicopters from the Soviet era, more than 6,500 Javelin anti-armor missiles, 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition, 126 155mm M-777 howitzers, more than 400,000 rounds, and more than 700 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems have all been delivered to Ukraine thus far.
75,000 sets of body armor and helmets, thousands of pairs of night vision glasses, maintenance tools and replacement parts, and tactical communications equipment are all part of the overall help package.
According to a military analyst at the Defense Priorities think tank, simply delivering millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to a conflict area is hardly a strategy.
How does that relate to the military’s goals in Ukraine? What will be the outcome of all this? What are the likely repercussions of this?
Daniel L. Davis, senior fellow at the libertarian-leaning research group and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, stated”I can assure you that this has no solution.” When you add it all up, it doesn’t come close to providing what Ukraine needs.
Mr. Davis says that the amount of weapons taken from Pentagon storage could, at best, slow down Russia’s push into Ukraine.
Under no circumstances is it sufficient to reverse the trend or even allow Ukraine to catch up. You can’t even discuss a stalemate until you attain parity, he continued.
Even though all of the supplies the US has sent to Ukraine so far have come from the Pentagon, a senior Defense Department official said on Friday that the drawdowns are sustainable and won’t affect how ready the US military is.
The Defense Department official who spoke to reporters at the Pentagon said, “The process of deciding which systems (to ship) and how many systems to ship is absolutely validated to make sure that these are sustainable capabilities that we can give to Ukraine without hurting U.S. readiness.”
However, Lt. Col. Davis declared that the Ukrainian military’s supply chain is “totally dysfunctional.”
He claimed that there was no sustainability and no regular delivery of anything. The front “is not receiving the war supplies. Because of this, Ukraine keeps being methodically pushed back.
To oversee the billions of dollars in security aid that is currently being sent to Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion more than four months ago, U.S. lawmakers want to establish a new government watchdog.
While the Kremlin’s aggressiveness against its smaller neighbor was indefensible and the U.S. government should counter it, Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, said he is worried about the spending discretion given to the White House and Biden administration officials.
In a statement, Mr. Lee said, “We must always make sure that Congress does its constitutional job of directing how to deal with conflicts and that we don’t waste money at a time when inflation is at an all-time high and the national debt is growing.”
The Republican senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy, sponsored a measure that would designate a special inspector general for Ukraine to oversee the money allocated by the US government for security, economic, and humanitarian aid.
According to Mr. Kennedy, “Congress has already provided [Ukraine] with billions of dollars’ worth of aid and military hardware.” Congress must provide that supervision because “American taxpayers deserve to know that their money is helping Ukraine effectively fend off Russia.”
Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a retired Marine colonel, says that keeping support for Ukraine at the same level for a long time is expensive but might be worth it given how important it is to both weaken Russia and help a democracy like Ukraine grow.
The U.S. Marine Corps supply depots have provided the great majority of the M-777 howitzers that are currently destined for Ukraine. Col. Cancian stated that the drawdown shouldn’t be a problem for the Corps because the majority of its artillery units are being destroyed as part of Gen. David H. Berger’s strategy as Commandant of the Marine Corps.
He added that we still have the M-198 howitzer, which is an older model, in storage. It’s an excellent howitzer. Simply put, it’s not “top of the line.”
The $2 trillion that was spent in Afghanistan to sustain a Kabul government that fell in a matter of days after U.S. military support ceased is insignificant compared to the quantity of military gear that was supplied to Ukraine.
There’s virtually no doubt about our ability to keep supplying Ukraine. Col. Cancian stated that NATO ammo is essentially limitless.
However, it’s possible that the U.S. has supplied Ukraine with all of the Javelin anti-armor systems it can.
We have reached the maximum amount that we can send them without endangering our own war plans, according to Mr. Cancian.
However, he added, there is still probably enough supply of other anti-tank weapons like the French-German MILAN or the American-made M-47 Dragon, which were phased out in favor of the Javelin in 2001.
Polls indicate that while the public is less enthusiastic about the NATO-led effort to bolster Ukraine’s defense after Russia’s invasion,
The Biden administration says it is ready to help Kiev for as long as it takes, but Col. Cancian warned that support from the public could disappear quickly.
He stated, “We have been delivering a lot of equipment and we are also giving a lot of cash aid.” Ukraine continues to be a terribly inefficient and corrupt nation. People’s support would drop if they saw signs of corruption, like oligarchs buying yachts with American dollars.