The United States is at risk of depleting large amounts of its munitions stockpiles as it struggles to arm Israel, Ukraine, and other allies against increased aggression.
The United States may have some leeway in developing its defense-industrial base, however, as the military capabilities required by Israel and Ukraine don't currently share significant overlap.
Worries over increased strain to an already thinly spread munitions supply chain began when it was revealed that the Biden administration had ordered munitions back to Israel that it had initially removed in support of Ukraine.
“Much of that has been redirected and provided to the Israel Defense Forces for their use.”
Israel, Ukraine Require Different CapabilitiesThe back-and-forth has caused some confusion about U.S. strategic priorities, with various experts and pundits offering conflicting views as to whether Israel or Ukraine would be more negatively affected by the move.
Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Schaffer said that the move demonstrated that the Biden administration was unable to provide support to Israel because of its Ukraine aid.
“Much of the military stock that the United States would have provided to the Israelis regarding the offensive just isn’t there.”
Ukrainian officials, however, say that both arguments are wrong.
The current wartime situations in Israel and Ukraine are different, and the two powers require quite different military capabilities, Oksana Markarova, Ukraine's ambassador to the United States, said.