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More HIMARS to Ukraine. The Pentagon is sending four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Ukraine, as well as tens of thousands of artillery rounds and 18 patrol boats, in a new security assistance package, Defense One reports. The U.S. has now donated more than $6.1 billion worth of weapons, helicopters, and munitions to Ukraine since February.
Budget bump. The House Armed Services Committee increased the Pentagon’s budget topline by $37 billion, more than the president’s budget request but less than the amount approved by their Senate counterparts, Defense One reports. The additional money will go towards the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, military construction, and to offset the high cost of fuel, among other things.
Land mine ban. A policy reversal will return prohibitions on making or buying new anti-personnel land mines and will only allow existing ones to be used on the Korean peninsula, Defense One reports. In 2020, President Donald Trump loosened prohibitions and allowed combatant commanders to authorize their use “in a given operational context, such as in certain major combat operations involving U.S. military forces.”
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