DOD seeks additional $9.9B in Ukraine funding 

By John Liang / August 10, 2023 at 5:48 PM

The Biden administration is asking Congress for an extra $9.9 billion in funding to replace weapon systems sent to Ukraine as well as paying for service members who have been temporarily deployed to Europe.

In an Aug. 10 letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young writes the Biden administration "is transmitting a supplemental funding request to the Congress to address three sets of critical needs for emergency funding as part of a potential short-term continuing resolution for the first quarter of [fiscal year] 2024," including money for Ukraine.

Specifically, the administration is requesting $9.9 billion for the Defense Department "for several large activities in response to the situation in Ukraine, including: $4.5 billion to replace defense articles from the DOD stocks; reimbursement for defense services and military education and training provided to the government of Ukraine under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended; improve ammunition plants and equipment to increase the capacity and accelerate production of equipment to more rapidly replenish defense stocks; and $5 billion for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. The request would also provide personnel and operational support such as temporary duty costs, intelligence analysis, flying hours, maintenance, weapon system sustainment, and other unit support costs."

Read Young's letter, which includes a further breakdown of where that $9.9 billion would go.