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PRESIDENTIAL DRAWDOWN AUTHORITY

PDA #DATEAMOUNTFISCAL YEARLINK
PDA 2DECEMBER 23, 2021$200MFY 2022
PDA 3FEBRUARY 25, 2022$350MFY 2022
PDA 4MARCH 12, 2022$200MFY 2022
PDA 5MARCH 16, 2022$800MFY 2022
PDA 6APRIL 6, 2022$100MFY 2022
PDA 7APRIL 13, 2022$800MFY 2022
PDA 8APRIL 21, 2022$800MFY 2022
PDA 9MAY 6, 2022$150MFY 2022
PDA 10MAY 19, 2022$100MFY 2022
PDA 11JUNE 1, 2022$700MFY 2022
PDA 12JUNE 15, 2022$350MFY 2022
PDA 13JUNE 23, 2022$450MFY 2022
PDA 14JULY 1, 2022$50MFY 2022
PDA 15JULY 8, 2022$400MFY 2022
PDA 16JULY 22, 2022$175MFY 2022
PDA 17AUGUST 1, 2022$550MFY 2022
PDA 18AUGUST 8, 2022$1,000MFY 2022
PDA 19AUGUST 19, 2022$775MFY 2022
PDA 20SEPTEMBER 8, 2022$675MFY 2022
PDA 21SEPTEMBER 15, 2022$600MFY 2022
PDA 22OCTOBER 4, 2022$625MFY 2022
PDA 23OCTOBER 14, 2022$725MFY 2022
PDA 24OCTOBER 28, 2022$275MFY 2022
PDA 25NOVEMBER 10, 2022$400MFY 2023
PDA 26NOVEMBER 23, 2022$400MFY 2023
PDA 27DECEMBER 09, 2022$275MFY 2023
PDA 28DECEMBER 21, 2022$1,000MFY 2023
PDA 29JANUARY 6, 2023$2,850MFY 2023
PDA 30JANUARY 19, 2023$2,500MFY 2023
PDA 31FEBRUARY 3, 2023$425MFY 2023
PDA 32FEBRUARY 20, 2023$450MFY 2023
PDA 33MARCH 3, 2023$400MFY 2023
PDA 34MARCH 20, 2023$350MFY 2023
PDA 35APRIL 4, 2023$500MFY 2023
PDA 36APRIL 19, 2023$325MFY 2023
PDA 37MAY 3, 2023$300MFY 2023
PDA 38MAY 21, 2023$375MFY 2023
PDA 39MAY 31, 2023$300MFY 2023
PDA 40JUNE 13, 2023$325MFY 2023
PDA 41JUNE 27, 2023$500MFY 2023
PDA 42JUY 7, 2023$800MFY 2023
PDA 43JULY 25, 2023$400MFY 2023
PDA 44AUGUST 14, 2023$200MFY 2023
PDA 45AUGUST 29, 2023$250MFY 2023
PDA 46SEPTEMBER 6, 2023$175MFY 2023
PDA 47SEPTEMBER 21, 2023$325MFY 2023
PDA 48OCTOBER 11, 2023$200MFY 2023
PDA 49OCTOBER 26, 2023$150MFY 2023
PDA 50NOVEMBER 3, 2023$125MFY 2023
PDA 51NOVEMBER 20, 2023$100MFY 2023
PDA 52DECEMBER 6, 2023$175MFY 2023
PDA 53DECEMBER 12, 2023$200MFY 2023
PDA 54DECEMBER 27, 2023$250MFY 2023
PDA 55MARCH 12, 2024$300MFY 2023
TOTALSAMOUNT

DETAILS

 

The use of the Presidential Drawdown Authority to direct a drawdown to provide military assistance under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) is a valuable tool of U.S. foreign policy in crisis situations. [1]  It allows for the speedy delivery of defense articles and services from Department of Defense stocks to foreign countries and international organizations to respond to unforeseen emergencies.  Such assistance can begin arriving within days—or even hours—of approval.

Consistent with his overall responsibilities for the direction and coordination of foreign assistance, the Secretary of State plays a central role in the initiation and coordination of these drawdowns. After initial engagement with Congress, the Secretary requests the President’s authorization to notify Congress of the intent to exercise the drawdown authority under section 506(a)(1) of the FAA and seeks delegated authority from the President to make the necessary determinations and to direct the drawdown. The Department of State is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of the drawdown with the Department of Defense. For Ukraine, the Secretary has exercised authority delegated by the President to direct 44 drawdowns of defense articles and services from the Department of Defense since August 2021, in response to Russia’s preparation to launch the February 24, 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine and continued war. [2]

Through this process, the United States is providing Ukraine vital military assistance to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked and brutal aggression, which amounts to internationally condemned war crimes.  In support of this effort, Congress has progressively increased the cap on this drawdown authority from $100 million to $11 billion for Fiscal Year 2022, most recently in the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (P.L. 117-128), which was signed into law by the President on May 21.  Since last August, the Administration has utilized this Presidential Drawdown Authority 44 times to provide military assistance to Ukraine.

On August 14, 2023, the Department announced the first of several packages utilizing previously authorized PDA Authority. During DoD’s regular oversight of their execution of previous Presidential Drawdown Authority for Ukraine, they discovered that they had been incorrectly overvaluing the weapons and equipment in previous PDAs that had been authorized or Ukraine. DoD then undertook a review using the appropriate accounting method, which restored $6.2 billion that can be used under Congressionally authorized drawdown authority to provide arms and equipment to meet Ukraine’s urgent security requirements. As PDA is an authority, not a funding source, once notified to Congress there is no ‘expiration date’ for the provision of defense articles and services up to the value that was notified.  Any additional space within the previously notified PDAs, identified as a result of DOD’s recalculation of the value of previous PDAs therefore remains available for Ukraine regardless of the end of the fiscal year.

Though the delivery of assistance under a drawdown is generally much faster than under other security assistance authorities because the Defense Department already has the articles or services in-hand, it comes with similar safeguards.  The Department vets Ukraine’s security force units nominated for assistance under the drawdown.  In compliance with the Leahy law and in coordination with the Government of Ukraine, the Department works to ensure assistance does not go to units credibly implicated in gross violations of human rights.  As with all transfers of defense articles and services to partners under the FAA, Ukraine is bound by an agreement with the United States not to transfer such items to third parties or unauthorized users.  In addition, the Department of Defense leads a technological security review to determine what items may be transferred without putting the U.S. warfighter’s edge at risk.  The Department is confident in Ukraine’s commitment and ability to uphold these agreements.

The authority to provide military assistance through a drawdown has been used to support Allies and partners in crisis all over the world.  It remains the U.S. government’s most responsive tool to rapidly transfer U.S. military and other equipment in an unanticipated emergency that cannot be addressed by other means.

A summary of the U.S. military assistance provided under drawdowns for Ukraine is available in our fact sheet on U.S. Security Cooperation with Ukraine.

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov, and follow the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on Twitter, @StateDeptPM.

[1] This fact sheet focuses on drawdowns for Ukraine directed under section 506(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act  (22 U.S.C. 2318(a)(1) ).  The President also has other authorities to direct drawdowns from DoD or other U.S. government agency stocks to provide assistance for other purposes.

[2] Several of these drawdowns have been in conjunction with the exercise of the authority under section 614 of the FAA.