The Military-Industrial Complex’s Big Break in Ukraine – The American Conservative

Previously, the Biden administration has used the Presidential Drawdown Authority to bankroll a series of other aid packages, such as a $400 million package that included four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and munitions, 1,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, demolition munitions, counter battery systems, as well as three tactical vehicles, spare parts, and other equipment. The Presidential Drawdown Authority in a given fiscal year is typically $100 million, meant to be used when unforeseen issues important to national security arise and the U.S. has to act quickly. But in the May 2022 supplemental appropriations bill to support Ukraine, Congress decided to increase that $100 million cap 110 times to $11 billion.

The president’s words were a sweet sound to the military-industrial complex that profits off of the idea that the United States can rid the world of all injustice given enough bombs and bullets. Last year, defense contractors shed a tear when America’s war in Afghanistan came to a close. They collected up to half of the Pentagon’s $14 trillion in spending over the U.S. military’s two-decade venture in Afghanistan. But just after one protracted conflict came to a close, another came to the complex’s rescue. Though there is little national interest for the U.S. in Ukraine, and everything to lose given Russia is a nuclear-armed power, Biden has vowed that the U.S. will be alongside Ukraine for the long haul.

To make a more direct comparison, the $13.7 billion already given to Ukraine—again, in the span of just six months—is more than four times the amount of military aid the U.S. provided Israel in fiscal year 2020.

The Military-Industrial Complex’s Big Break in Ukraine – The American Conservative