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DOD Focuses on Readiness, Modernization as It Arms Ukraine

The Defense Department remains committed to arming Ukraine as the country defends itself against Russia's unprovoked invasion while at the same time maintaining U.S. military readiness, a top Pentagon acquisition official said today.

Douglas R. Bush, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, said the U.S. has undertaken a multipronged approach toward modernizing the defense industrial base while expanding production of critical capabilities.

"The U.S. Army is committed to and will succeed at maintaining our stocks sufficient for training and readiness of the U.S. Army, while also supporting our ally, Ukraine, with what they need, working as part of an international team to make sure that happens," he said.

Men in uniform push a pallet of equipment into place onboard a military cargo plane.
Assistance Mission
Team Dover airmen load pallets of ammunition onto a Ukraine-bound C-17 Globemaster III during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 9, 2022.
Photo By: Air Force Airman 1st Class Cydney Lee
VIRIN: 220809-F-IF976-1003C

The Biden administration has committed more than $43 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's invasion in February 2022.

That assistance has included more than 2,000 Stinger antiaircraft systems, more than 10,000 Javelin anti-armor systems, and more than 2 million 155-mm artillery rounds, among other items.

The assistance has been provisioned through drawdowns of existing U.S. stocks and through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, the authority under which the U.S. procures capabilities from industry and partners.

A man in a suit stands with his arms crossed as he speaks with military members in uniform.
Logistics and Tech
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Harris, assigned to V Corps, briefs Douglas R. Bush, center, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, on V Corps operations at Victory Corps Forward during a visit to Camp Kosciuszko, Poland, Sep. 8, 2022.
Photo By: Army Spc. Dean Johnson
VIRIN: 220908-A-BY519-1195

In response to the effort to assist Ukraine, the U.S. has ramped up production of key artillery rounds used most by Ukraine in support of its counteroffensive operations and in defending its territory against the invading Russian forces.

Bush said the U.S. is currently producing new artillery rounds at a rate of 24,000 per month and is on track to produce in excess of 80,000 rounds per month over the following year.

"As a whole, the team is doing great," Bush said. "We're both modernizing our industrial base while we're ramping up production."

A service member stands inside a military cargo plane as weapons are loaded.
Load Team
A Team Dover airman loads weapons bound for Ukraine onto a C-17 Globemaster III during a security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sept. 14, 2022. The Defense Department is working with industry to increase production of certain capabilities in order to continue meeting the needs of Ukrainian forces, while ensuring the U.S. is ready to defend itself, our partners and allies.
Photo By: Air Force Staff Sgt. Marco A. Gomez
VIRIN: 220914-F-QD077-2373C

He added that throughout the war, U.S. equipment has remained highly effective in combat.

"That's the result of decades of work by thousands of people to make sure our equipment is tested well and also that our industry partners produce it, critically, at a high level of quality," Bush said. "Lots of countries can produce. The United States produces the best in terms of quality. I think we are seeing that, and I think that speaks well of our industry partners."

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