Top U.S. defense officials defend the department’s budget before congress Wednesday, telling lawmakers the most urgent goal is sending the Ukrainians the capabilities they need along with an investment in capabilities that are “absolutely relevant to the competition with China.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifying before House Appropriations subcommittee comes as Congress is moving to pass a $40 billion Ukraine aid package that includes nearly $10 million in military equipment, weapons and training for Ukrainian forces as well as other NATO allies, particularly those on the eastern flank.