On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department authorized a $3.75 billion potential sale of M1A1 Abrams tanks to Poland. Also included in the deal are the necessary ordinance and equipment for the tanks.
While negotiations for the deal are ongoing, the request for the tanks was made due to a recent rise in Russian military action in Ukraine, which shares a border with Poland. On November 15, an errant Ukrainian air-defense missile accidentally landed in the Polish border town of Przewodów, killing 2 and prompting Poland to begin gathering arms and systems with which to defend itself. The country has already received a Patriot air-defense system from Germany.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has been working on a build-up in Poland that includes 800 pieces of equipment, including cars and tanks, which arrived in Poland over the weekend as part of 'Operation Atlantic Resolve.' The operation will also send soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division to Poland and other parts of Europe for 9 months, at which time they will be replaced by other soldiers.
While the U.S. has refrained from sending long-range drones and missiles to Ukraine that would be capable of striking well into Russian territory, the U.S. has provided more than $100 billion in financial and military aid to Ukraine's military and is now ramping up activity with its NATO allies.