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Pentagon Letter to Congressional Committees on Ukraine Aid Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [1] (5/2019)

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Dear Mr. Chairman:

        On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, and in coordination with the Secretary of State, I
 have certified that the Government of Ukraine has taken substantial actions to make defense
 institutional reforms for the purposes of decreasing corruption, increasing accountability, and
 sustaining improvements of combat capability enabled by U.S. assistance. An assessment of the
 actions taken by Ukraine, the remaining areas in need of defense institutional reform, and the
 methodology used to evaluate this reform are included in this letter. Furthermore, now that this
 defense institutional reform has occurred, we will use the authority provided by section 1250 of
 the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114-92), as
 amended most recently by section 1246 of the John S. McCain NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019
 (Public Law 115-232), to support programs in Ukraine further. Implementation of this further
 support will begin no sooner than 15 days following this notification. This authority will be used
 to provide appropriate security assistance, including training, equipment, and logistics support,
 supplies, and services, to the military and other security forces of the Government of Ukraine.

       Pursuant to Section 9013 of the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act, 2019
(division A of Public Law 115-245), we are notifying the committees of this obligation.

       Figures provided in this notification reflect estimated quantities and values. These
figures may change based on the final price and availability of individual items, but the overall
cost will not exceed $125 million, and the quantity of items will remain consistent with the stated
nature and scope of the program.
       The primary methodology used to inform this certification was persistent U.S.

engagement with Ukraine, including, but not limited to: 1) the Secretary's meetings with
Minister of Defense Poltorak; 2) a visit to Kyiv by the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia; 3) Lieutenant General (Retired) Keith Dayton's bilateral
consultations with and participation in Ukraine's Defense Reform Advisory Board in his role as
U.S. Senior Defense Advisor on Ukraine; 4) former Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald Winter's
visit to Kyiv in his role a U.S. Senior Defense Industry Advisor; 5) senior level engagements led
by the Department of State, including the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission; 6)
U.S. European Command's efforts through the Multinational Joint Commission on Ukraine; 7)
the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine training program; and 8) other advisory efforts
through the Ministry of Defense Advisors Program, Defense Governance and Management

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