The US defense department has allocated another $150 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) that will include training, equipment, and advisory efforts aimed at helping Ukraine’s forces preserve the country’s territorial integrity and improve interoperability with NATO.
This $150 million package represents the remaining funds appropriated by Congress for USAI in Fiscal Year 2021 and includes the provision of counter-artillery radars, counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, electronic warfare and military medical evacuation equipment.
These capabilities complement the $125 million USAI package announced on March 1, 2021 that included armed Mark VI patrol boats, counter-artillery radars, tactical equipment, support for a satellite imagery and analysis capability, and equipment to support military medical treatment and combat evacuation procedures.
The latest tranche is made possible by the Defense Department, in coordination with the Department of State, certifying that Ukraine has made sufficient progress on defense reforms this year, as required by the National Defense Authorization Act.
The Pentagon said it encourages Ukraine to continue to enact reforms to: better align Ukraine’s defense enterprise with the core NATO principle of democratic civilian control of the military; adopt a defense industry strategy that better supports the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, bolsters Ukraine’s economic competitiveness, and improves corporate governance; adopt foreign direct investment controls based on national security interests; increase efficiency and transparency in the defense procurement cycle; and advance human resources management reforms to align the Ukrainian Armed Forces with a Western-style career management system.
The United States has committed more than $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014 and continues to assist Ukraine with the implementation of reforms to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.