The first amendment authorizes funds to provide a number of critical capabilities the Ukrainians need to defend themselves, including real-time intelligence, counter-artillery radars, defensive lethal assistance, UAVs, secure communications, and training to develop key combat, planning, and support capabilities. The amendment requires that at least $60 million be used on the most important capabilities the Ukrainians need and have requested: real-time intelligence, defensive lethal assistance, and counter-artillery radars.
The second amendment studies the implications of the conflict in Ukraine for the U.S. military. It would require an assessment of U.S. and NATO efforts in eastern Ukraine based on lessons learned from the tactics, techniques, and procedures used by the Russians and separatists. This assessment will include, among other things, a report of the implications of Russia's information war and the implications the conflict has for armored warfare equipment, such as Abrams tanks made in Lima, Ohio.
"Ukraine has reached a pivotal moment," Portman stated. "The Ukrainian people have made incredible sacrifices in the hopes of securing a democratic future for their country. However, sustained economic, political, and military support from the United States and NATO is absolutely crucial to ensuring that their vision comes to fruition.
"My first amendment will help to ensure that U.S. military assistance has a meaningful impact on the ground and gives Ukraine the tools they need to defend themselves. My second amendment will allow us to study the lessons learned from the conflict and their implications for the U.S. military. Some elements of this report, such as the report on armored warfare, will also highlight the importance of armored vehicles like the Abrams tanks and Strykers manufactured in Lima, Ohio.
"I'm pleased to offer these amendments and will continue to push for steadfast support of the Ukrainian people during this critical time."
Portman's letter to the editor on the need to rethink our Ukraine strategy ran in the Wall Street Journal this week. The letter can be found here.
Portman visited Ukraine in April as well as during last year's presidential elections.