Pentagon to Gather Weapon Makers Over War in Ukraine

The Pentagon will meet with leaders from the top eight U.S. weapons manufacturers on Wednesday to find out if the industry’s resources are enough to meet Ukraine’s needs if the war against Russia lasts years.

The U.S. and its allies have boosted weapon shipments to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24. Both resupplying and planning for a longer war will be on the agenda during the meeting.

The meeting will be hosted by the Pentagon’s office of Acquisition and Sustainment, the weapons buyer for the Department of Defense.

The U.S. and allies have been sending Javelin anti tank missiles and Stinger anti aircraft missiles, which the Pentagon labeled as the most useful, to Ukraine almost on a daily basis.

The interest to restock these weapons has increased as they are used intensely and effectively by Ukrainian forces.

Javelins are jointly produced by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Stingers are made by Raytheon. Other top weapons makers are Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and L3Harris Technologies.

Last week, the White House announced that it has provided more than $1.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the invasion, including over 5,000 Javelins and more than 1,400 Stingers.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Administration is having weekly meetings of its European Crisis Management Team to review specific requests related to Ukraine.

The Pentagon has also established a team in order to respond quickly to U.S. government approval for sales and transfers of arms produced by American defense contractors.

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