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Rockets, artillery and more: What’s in Biden’s $3 billion package for Ukraine

The Pentagon authorized the biggest aid program for Ukraine so far, authorizing nearly $3 billion in short- and long-term military assistance.

The set, licensed under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and comprised of new provisions purchased directly from industry partners to support long-term combat efforts, includes air defense, rocket systems, counter-artillery radars and various types of ammunition.

Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, told reporters that “when we take things out of our own inventory, we take things out of our own inventory. And that imposes certain constraints on what we can deliver, in what time frame. When we do USAI, we buy things under contract, and so the private sector can produce those things.

Kahl added that “capabilities in this set are designed to meet Ukraine’s most critical capability needs in the medium to long term.”

Kahl announced that the package includes six national advanced surface-to-air missile systems, up to 245,000 rounds of 155 millimeter artillery, twenty-four counter-artillery radars and up to 65,000 rounds of mortar ammunition. 120 millimeters.

Interestingly, Kahl pointed to a particular strategic element of the new package, explaining that it was specifically intended to counter President Vladimir Putin’s apparent wish to “survive” the Ukrainian resistance.

“His [Putin’s] victory theory is that he can wait for everyone to come out, he can wait for the Ukrainians because they will be exhausted and sad, he can wait for us because we will turn our attention elsewhere. It can wait for the Europeans because of high energy prices, or whatever,” Kahl explained.

The degree of international resolve to defeat Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, however, points to an entirely different reality than Putin may wish. The collective outrage over Putin’s willingness to kill children and civilians, coupled with serious concerns about regional and global stability, has reinforced a collective will to stop Russia in the long term.

USAI’s goal is to enable and support a strong multinational industrial base to produce new weapons, specifically for Ukraine. Perhaps the greatest significance of this, as Kahl explains, is that it allows Ukraine to maintain, maintain or even upgrade these weapons over the long term. That’s why an ongoing rotation of training for Ukrainian weapons operators and military leaders will accompany the effort.

“We hope the USAI package will help send a particular signal to Putin that he cannot wait for everyone, and this will hopefully prompt Russia to stop the fighting and start negotiations. But if that’s not the case and the fighting continues, then the assistance continues to be relevant. If that inspires him to make a deal, aid is still relevant, because Ukraine will have to guard against the possibility that Russia might do it again,” Kahl said.

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the national interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a highly trained expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. Osborn also worked as an on-air military anchor and specialist on national television networks. He has appeared as a guest military pundit on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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