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September 08, 2022
As he arms Ukraine, Biden readies new weapon pipelines for Eastern Europe
Journalists Lara Seligman, Paul McCleary
The administration did not provide details of what specific capabilities the money will go toward, but it’s likely officials are looking to bolster air defenses in NATO’s eastern region. Poland is already asking for additional Patriot missile defense batteries from the U.S., and potential new NATO member Finland is also looking to boost its defense capabilities.
The money will also likely go toward capabilities that have proved effective in Ukraine’s current fight, such as drones and missiles, as well as replacing the Soviet-era weapons European nations have sent to Ukraine, said Jim Townsend, a senior fellow with the Center for a New American Security.
“There is mounting concern in the interagency, State and Defense, that more has got to be done quickly to assist the allies who are on the frontlines and have these needs and don’t have the budget to be able to buy everything,” Townsend said.
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