Senate Bill to Give Pentagon Power to Buy Weapons to Support Ukraine

A pair of bipartisan Senate lawmakers have introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the Ministry of Defense to procure high-priority weapon systems to support the Ukrainian military, DefenseNews reported on Tuesday.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, DR.I., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a ranking member of the panel, proposed the bill to give the DOD the authority to assign multi-year contracts to replenish arms stocks supplied to Ukraine.

The Pentagon would be allowed to purchase certain munitions made by defense contractors including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies in fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

The legislation also seeks to relax several statutory restrictions on defense procurement through fiscal year 2024, waive the requirement for certified cost or price data, and grant special reserved emergency procurement powers. acquisitions supporting emergency operations.

Reed and Inhofe opened deliberations on the NDAA for fiscal year 2023 that would authorize $817 billion for the DOD and $29 billion for the Department of Energy’s national security programs.

Norman D. Briggs