The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has submitted an emergency supplemental budget totaling $58 billion, which, if approved, will go toward continuing U.S. support to Ukraine and Israel, as well as providing needed investment in the industrial base of submarines.
During an October 31 Pentagon press briefingdefense officials said the funding request submitted by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to the US Senate included $10.6 billion “to help Israel defend itself,” an additional $44.4 billion “to help Ukraine continue to defend itself against Russia’s continued aggression” and $3.3 billion “to meet U.S. military requirements in our submarine industrial base and fulfill our AUKUS commitments.”
US officials have said the country is in a position to support both Ukraine and Israel as each country is embroiled in fighting in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip respectively. Washington’s defense equipment support to Israel currently consists of air defense capabilities, artillery ammunition and interceptors for the Iron Dome system.
On October 26, the US announced its latest package of security assistance to Ukraine, including the provision of air defense missiles, 105mm and 155mm artillery shells, Javelin anti-tank systems and more than two million rounds of small arms ammunition, among other equipment, totaling $150 million
The request for additional budget support for Ukraine alone exceeds the total value of aid packages committed by Washington since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, which totals $43.9 billion. According to the Department of Defense, “slightly more” than $5.4 billion in restored US presidential authority remains available for Ukraine.
The US has provided more than 4,000 armored and military vehicles to Ukraine and more than three million rounds of medium- and high-caliber artillery ammunition and rockets.
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US military advisers help Israel’s hostage response
Israel’s response to attacks by Hamas militants on October 7, which left an estimated 1,400 Israelis dead and another 200 hostages, resulted in widespread destruction of northern Gaza as a sustained air campaign it has recently been bolstered by ground incursions to eliminate Hamas’s military capability. Hamas authorities in Gaza say thousands of civilians have been killed by Israeli military operations.
US military advisers, often a euphemism for Special Forces, are confirmed to be advising Israel on best practices for hostage recovery protocols. The US Department of Defense also confirmed that another 300 military personnel have been deployed to the Central Command’s area of operations – which is tasked with Middle East security – and categorically stated that the forces had not been sent to Israel itself.
The US has also committed two naval aircraft strike groups to the eastern Mediterranean region to act as a deterrent to regional actors who intend to expand the ongoing Gaza war elsewhere into neighboring countries.
Iran provides, in part or in full, political, military and financial support to a wide range of groups in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and Iraq, including Hezbollah, Hamas and the movement Hootie.
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