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'It hasn't happened in decades': Pentagon says how Ukraine aid boosted US defense industry

Olha LipychWorld
The war in Ukraine has mobilized the US defense industrial base

The U.S. Department of Defense has stated that the military assistance to Ukraine that Washington has been providing to the country since Russia's full-scale invasion has strengthened the U.S. national defense industrial base. The US defense industry has not been at this level for decades.

This was reported on the Pentagon's website on Wednesday, November 29. According to the report, industry partners in the DIB (Defense Innovation Board) have stepped up to the plate, producing equipment and providing the capabilities needed to support the country's commitments.

According to the department, when capabilities are removed from existing US arsenals, they must be replaced to ensure that US military units maintain their readiness. As of mid-November, the department had allocated almost $17 billion to purchase replacement equipment that was sent to Ukraine from US warehouses.

The Defense Department has reportedly allocated about $3.3 billion in 18 states to help defense contractors expand production lines and create new ones. The contractors produce, among other things, 155-mm artillery shells, guided multiple launch rocket systems, and Stinger and Javelin missiles.

The Pentagon has also allocated more than $10 billion to create new equipment and replace the equipment that was sent abroad (including to Ukraine).

In total, the department has ordered equipment worth more than $27 billion from suppliers in 37 states.

"In every respect, the response of our U.S. industrial base to meet Ukraine's defense needs has been truly historic. This is a nationwide effort that spans the entire spectrum of our supply chain in almost every capability area," said William LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, some states have benefited from the multibillion-dollar sum spent by the US on arming Ukraine. The White House made such investments to enlist the support of Republicans, who, despite everything, voted against helping Kyiv.

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