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Nov. 10, 2022

$400 Million Security Package Headed to Ukraine

Missiles for the HAWK air defense system, along with four Avenger air defense systems and Stinger missiles are headed to Ukraine as part of a presidential drawdown authority security assistance package worth up to $400 million.

Aug. 10, 2022

Austin's Visit to Latvia Underscores U.S. Commitment

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told Latvian leaders the United States will enhance its presence in the NATO front-line states and assured them that includes their country.

May 23, 2022

U.S. Defense Leaders Pleased by Progress of Ukraine Contact Group

In just over a month, the Ukraine Defense Contact Group has proven its worth with donations and deliveries to the embattled country, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.

April 20, 2022

Poland Will Increase Defense Spending

During a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Pentagon, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country will increase its defense spending to 3% of gross domestic product.

April 10, 2022

Austin Thanks Ukrainian Force Trained in U.S. Returning to Ukraine

The secretary of defense thanked the troops for their service and for their courage, noting the skill with which the Ukrainian armed forces are fighting to defend their nation from Russia's unprovoked invasion, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said. 

April 6, 2022

DOD: More Javelins Approved for Ukraine; Switchblades On their Way 

An additional $100 million in presidential drawdown to support Ukraine was approved and part of that will be used to provide additional Javelin anti-armor systems to Ukrainian forces, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

Jan. 31, 2022

'Major Non-NATO Ally' Designation Will Enhance U.S., Qatar Relationship

President Joe Biden indicated plans to nominate Qatar as a "major non-NATO ally" for the United States during a meeting with Qatari Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Jan. 28, 2022

U.S., in Lockstep With NATO Allies, Calls on Putin to Stand Down

The United States is in lockstep with NATO allies in calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate his country's situation with Ukraine, U.S. defense leaders said.

Jan. 5, 2022

Austin Looking Forward to Discussions With Japanese Counterpart

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, joined by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, will meet virtually with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo.

Dec. 13, 2021

U.S., Lithuania Sign Agreement to Further Military Interoperability

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas to the Pentagon for meetings and to sign a reciprocal defense procurement agreement that aims to strengthen deterrence in Europe.

Dec. 8, 2021

Small Arms, Ammunition From U.S. Headed to Ukraine's Defense Forces This Week

The final elements of a $60 million security systems package to Ukraine, meant to help defend their sovereignty against Russian aggression, will ship this week.

Oct. 29, 2021

Austin Emphasizes Importance of Working With Partners in Central, South America

U.S. Southern Command's work is vital to American security, American interests and American values. When there's instability or a crisis nearby, it can echo here at home, the secretary of defense said. 

Aug. 31, 2021

U.S., Ukraine Leaders Discuss Strategic Partnership During Pentagon Meeting

The United States will continue to urge Russia to end its illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimea and looks to strengthen bonds with Ukraine, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.

April 14, 2021

Austin Arrives in Brussels to Revitalize U.S. Engagement With NATO Allies

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived in Brussels for meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. It's the first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

March 19, 2021

In India, Austin Looks for Ways to Increase Cooperation With Allies

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III commended Indian leaders on their growing roles in the Indo-Pacific region and the growing engagement they have with like-minded partners across the region to promote shared goals.

March 10, 2021

Secretary of Defense's Trip to Asia to Focus on Strengthening Partnerships With Japan, Korea, India

The Defense Department announced the first international trip by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, who will visit three nations in the Indo-Pacific region.

Feb. 4, 2021

Biden Says Defense, State Will Work Together to Rebuild U.S. Foreign Policy

The Defense Department and the State Department will work closely and in tandem to better represent to the world the power of American values and ideals, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said.