Ukrainian servicemen load a truck with Javelin anti-tank missiles. Sergei Supinsky/AFP
Breaking Defense: DoD agency wants to put weapons monitors on the ground in Ukraine
“Once we have more people in country, we should be in a position to actually go do more physical validation [and] verification, going forward,” said Jed Royal, deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
WASHINGTON: The Defense Department agency responsible for overseeing foreign arms sales would like to have a presence on the ground to monitor the use of US weapons in Ukraine, but when that will happen is still unclear, its deputy director said Thursday.
“We do think that over time, we would like to be able to extend our insights with a greater presence on the ground going forward,” Jed Royal, deputy director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told reporters during a roundtable.
During peacetime, DSCA sends personnel to a foreign nation to open warehouses and arms bunkers to examine equipment and check the serial numbers of high-value weapon systems, Royal said. “Right now, in Ukraine, that’s just not available to us as a tool.”
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WNU Editor: Sending US defense department officials into an intense conflict zone like the Russia-Ukraine war. This is a bad idea.