US manufactures the world’s best armaments; Ukraine needs them

President Biden needs to dig deeper into allied stocks in the fight for democracy



May 17, 2023 - 1:55 PM

The picture shows an explosion over Kyiv during a Russian missile strike early on May 16, 2023. Ukraine said Tuesday it had downed six advanced Russian hypersonic missiles during an overnight barrage of missiles and drones, in a new show of its bolstered air defense systems. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Russia’s Vladimir Putin launched another missile barrage on Ukraine early Tuesday, and thanks to Western air defenses Kyiv says it took down 18 projectiles, including six hypersonic missiles. If true, this is another testament that America produces the world’s best military equipment.

But the Patriot battery President Biden offered in December after 10 months of dithering can’t cover all of Ukraine’s skies. President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he wants 20. The U.S. is reluctant to donate more, as Army air defense units work overtime in Europe and elsewhere. Also in short supply are the munitions.

The Pentagon calls Patriots a “low-density, high-demand asset,” which is bureaucratese for we don’t have enough. Yet Mr. Biden can still decide to dig deeper into allied stocks for Ukraine, while launching an all-out effort to build more faster.

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