In the last month, the U.S. pledged more than $1.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. Some of that assistance is aimed at helping the Ukrainian military better defend their coast and waterways.
Technology with capabilities to censor and to send data back to the Chinese government is a security risk for the U.S. government and military, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.
President Joe Biden has given DOD authorization for a drawdown of up to $450 million to meet Ukraine's critical arms needs in the face of the Russian invasion — the 13th presidential drawdown of DOD stocks since August 2021.
With a brutal war raging in neighboring Ukraine and wary of nearby Russia, the Eastern European democracy of Moldova is rapidly strengthening its national defense — and looking to the North Carolina National Guard for help.
Even before COVID-19, the Defense Department had identified supply chain vulnerabilities for things like microelectronics. But the pandemic also highlighted other critical shortages in the U.S., some of which affect national security.
Small businesses provide critical parts for weapons and systems platforms and develop innovative technologies so DOD can maintain its battlefield advantage, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks said.