March 16, 2023

U.S. Reaches Deep Into Its Global Ammunition Stockpiles to Help Ukraine

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists: Gordon Lubold, Nancy A. Youssef, Brett Forrest

The U.S. is now scrambling to ensure Ukraine has enough in stock for the next phase of the war, since artillery rounds will help Kyiv’s forces take back territory from Russia in what many see as a make-or-break moment in the conflict.

“If we don’t supply them with enough artillery, this whole thing is an intellectual exercise,” Michael Kofman, director of Russia Studies at CNA, said of the spring offensive.

To date, much of the ammunition has come from U.S. military stocks, pushing inventories to levels that were too low, according to some military planners.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the specifics of stockpiles it has drawn from to supply Ukraine.

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  • Michael Kofman

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Michael Kofman serves as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses' Russia Studies Program, and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Internation...