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Artillery, drones heading to Ukraine. The United States is sending an $800 million security assistance package to Ukraine in preparation for Russian military attacks in the Donbas region, Defense One reports. Included in the package are 155mm howitzers and Mi-17 helicopters that were originally intended for Afghanistan.
Stockpile talks. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks met with defense companies about ways to replenish stockpiles of U.S. military weapons that are being used to help Ukrainian forces, Defense One reports. The U.S. has sent more than 5,500 Javelin missiles, 1,400 Stinger missiles, and 50 million rounds of ammunition.
Naturalization paperwork holdups. A federal judge is concerned the Army is failing to effectively implement new rules to speed up paperwork for new soldiers to become U.S. citizens, Army Times reports. Soldiers no longer have to serve a minimum amount of days before submitting their paperwork, and the Army must process the certification forms within 30 days of receipt.
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From Defense One
Biden Rejects Unanimous NSC 'More Often Than You Might Think' // Jacqueline Feldscher
"We will prepare consensus recommendations and he'll say, 'I don't buy that,'" Jake Sullivan said.
After Losses, Russia Regroups for the Donbas and Names 'Butcher of Syria' Head of Ukraine Ops // Tara Copp
A convoy of artillery, aviation support is heading toward Izium. 'We're all bracing ourselves' for what's next, Pentagon says.
The Pentagon Must 'Campaign' Against China, Not Hope for a Goal-Line Stand // Bryan Clark and Dan Patt
To dissuade aggression, the U.S. military must continuously persuade its adversaries to doubt their chances of success.
Russian Scientists Say They Have A New System to Monitor Attacks on the Russian Internet // Patrick Tucker
Attacks on Russian web services have grown considerably since the start of the invasion.
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