Quick replenishment of Ukraine's weapons

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After Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the U.S. committed to providing Ukraine with defense weaponry. Since then, Ukraine has received $14.5 billion.

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Weapons manufacturers contributed to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. The president borrowed $12.5 billion. Overseas are Javelin, Stinger, HIMARS, and Switchblade.

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Because so much equipment was stolen from U.S. military forces to support Ukraine, it must now be restored to maintain America's preparedness.

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The Defense Department has already engaged with a variety of firms to return the equipment.

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Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Bill LaPlante said the Pentagon is working with business to speed up replenishment systems and direct USAI procurements.

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LaPlante said $1.2 billion in contracts was ongoing to replenish Ukrainian military stocks. Javelins cost $352 million, Stingers $624 million, and HIMARS $33 million.

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Another $1.2 billion in contracts are underway for USAI equipment, including 155mm ammunition, Switchblade unmanned aerial systems, radar systems, and military vehicles.

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The Department uses undefinitized contracting actions, or UCAs, to get industry working on contracts before they're defined.

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Lloyd J. Austin III attended the first Ukraine Defense Contact Group conference in April, where 40 nations discussed steps to protect Ukraine and preserve its sovereignty.

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The contact group includes 50 nations and held its fifth meeting in Germany yesterday.

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LaPlante will meet Sept. 28 with national armaments directors from other contact group nations to examine how the global defense industry base can continue to support Ukraine.

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Baker said the Ukrainian people's unity of effort and resolve was visible at the most recent Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting and has been all along.

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