Military Support Of Ukraine Drains American Weapons Inventories

According to reports, the Biden administration is transferring so much military equipment to Ukraine for its struggle against Russia that it will take several years to replenish the depleted US weapons stockpiles.

Some experts have warned that if the US wants to safeguard Taiwan from a Chinese invasion, this could cause problems.

“As the United States transfers massive amounts of weapons, munitions, and supplies to Ukraine, questions arise about the health of U.S. inventories,” Mark Cancian of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote in a report. “Most inventories, though not all, will take many years to replace. For most items, there are workarounds, but there may be a crisis brewing over artillery ammunition.”

According to Cancian’s estimations, it might take seven years to rebuild the country’s stockpile of 155-millimeter ammunition, according to Just The News.

He claimed that this could be “the most catastrophic deficit since artillery is the backbone of ground-based firepower,” and that “rebuilding inventory at the current production rate is definitely not doable due to routine US training needs.”

The international security senior adviser reportedly cautioned that the scenario could turn into a “crisis” considering that artillery is considered to be “the most vital combat arm” in Ukraine.

According to a Defense Department press release, the US has given Ukraine 8,500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and over 1,600 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

“We’ve essentially used up 13 years’ worth of Stinger production and five years’ worth of Javelin production,” Raytheon Technologies CEO Greg Hayes announced at the Reagan Defense Forum last month.

Some lawmakers have suggested that the US government’s focus on Ukraine diverts attention away from more pressing matters, such as China’s threat to Taiwan.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, claiming that the Biden administration’s massive monetary help to Ukraine had diverted funds from Taiwan’s military.

In the past, the Missouri representative has vigorously opposed US assistance to Ukraine. Last month, he responded to reporters’ questioning about why he skipped Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech to Congress, stating that the US had “spent $100 billion in blank checks” and that he would not participate in a “photo op.”




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