Roundtable XIX: Taking Measure of Ukraine’s Military and Military Industrial Resources


October 12 2018


UA Quest for Mature Nation Statehood Roundtable XIX: Taking Measure of Ukraine’s Military and Military Industrial Resources took place on October 12 2018 at the Washington DC offices of Dinsmore Inc. The conference was the first in a new and critically important trilogy of UA Quest RT gatherings (2018-20) essentially dedicated to evaluating Ukraine’s military preparedness, particularly in the face of the ongoing occupation of Crimea and ongoing aggression in Donbas by the nation’s northern neighbor. The primary focus of the event was the subject of logistics – the life blood of all armed forces; the proceedings attempted to appraise the value of both the supplies and supply chain upon which the Ukrainian military depends.


Anders Aslund
Steven Blank
Pavlo Bukin
Mike Carpenter
Valeriy Chaly
Luke Coffey
John Falk
Andrew Futey
John Gifford
Glen Howard
Vadim Kodachyhov

 Andrij Levus

Serhii Meshcheryak 

 Vitaly Nemilostyvyy 

Serhii Omelchenko
Herman Pirchner
Roman Popadiuk
Myron B. Rabij
Oleksiy Skrypnyk
Ashot Topchian
William B. Taylor Jr.
Walter Zaryckyj



American Foreign Policy Council

Center For US-Ukrainian Relations

Ukrainian National Information Service

International Republican Institute

National Democratic Institute

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Ukrainian National Information Service

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation



Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union
Heritage Foundation of the First Security Federal Savings Bank
Illinois Division of the UCCA
Jurkiw Family Foundation
Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union
Selfreliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union
SUMA (Yonkers) Federal Credit Union
Ukrainian National Association



Ilan Berman
Motryia Chaban
Andrij Dobriansky
Katie Fox
Andrew Futey
Tamara Gallo-Olexy
Mykola Hryckowian
Laura Jewett
Lewis Madanick
Steven Nix
Herman Pirchner
Mykhailo Sawkiw
Walter Zaryckyj






Ukraine’s Quest for Mature Nation Statehood
Roundtable XIX:
Taking Measure of Ukraine’s Military and Military Industrial Resources Date: Oct 12, 2018

Venue: Senate Congressional Visitor Center/Capitol Hill First Street NE Washington, DC

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Remarks Session

Speaker/Host: HE Valeriy Chaly (Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States)

9:15 AM – 10:40 AM Roundtable Plenary Session I

Theme: Appraising Ukraine’s Current Military Assets and Reviewing Efforts to Upgrade/Augment Ukraine’s Military Industrial Capacity


Herman Pirchner (President/American Foreign Policy Council)


Pavlo Bukin (Director General/UkrOboronProm)
Andriy Levus (Sub Committee Chair/Committee on National Security/Verkhovna Rada) Viktor Plakhuta (Chief Executive Officer/Ukrainian Freedom Fund)

Suggested Topics: Wherewithal during the war, reform efforts in the legislative and regulatory arena, new plans and opportunities.

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM Coffee Break

10:50 AM – 12:15 PM Roundtable Plenary Session II

Theme: Divining Ways to Use the Experience of the Euro-Atlantic Community to Further Improve Ukraine’s Military Industrial Capabilities


Anders Aslund (Senior Fellow/Atlantic Council)


Luke Coffey (Director/Allison Center for Foreign Policy/Heritage Foundation)
Mike Carpenter (Senior Director/Biden Center for Diplomacy/University of Pennsylvania) Ashot Topchian (Senior Advisor/Ukrainian Strategic Initiative)

Suggested Topics: Regulatory oversight of US military-industrial complex, efforts necessary to strengthen military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and the US, the possibility of a UA Science Defense Board

12:15 PM – 12:55 PM Working Lunch [The State of Readiness of the Ukrainian Armed Forces] Moderator: Andrew Futey (President/Ukrainian Congress Committee of America)

Featured Speaker: Andriy Ryzhenko (Deputy Chief of Staff of the UA Naval Forces) p.


12:55 PM – 2:20 PM Roundtable Plenary Session III

Theme: Highlighting Advances in Existing and Evolving Military Technologies in Ukraine


Roman Popadiuk (Senior Advisor/US-Ukraine Foundation)


Vadym Kodachyhov (Chair/Association of Ukrainian Defense Manufacturers)
Vitaliy Nemylostyvyy (Chair/League of Defense Manufacturers of Ukraine)
Oleksiy Skrypnyk (Sub Comm. Chair/Science and Technology Committee/Verkhovna Rada)

Suggested Topics: Light Arms, Armor, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles & Electronic Warfare Apparatus

2:20 PM – 3:55 PM Roundtable Plenary Session IV

Theme: Assessing the Needs of Special Theaters of Military Operations in Ukraine – The Case of the Black Sea & Azov Sea Regions


John Falk (Principal/Vigilent)


Glen Howard (President/Jamestown Foundation)
Steven Blank (Senior Fellow/American Foreign Policy Council)
Serhii Meshcheryak (Former Senior Advisor/National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine)

Suggested Topics: Appropriate Naval Craft, Advanced Anti Shipping Rocketry, Advanced REW

3:55 PM – 4:05 PM Coffee Break

4:05 PM – 5:30 PM Roundtable Plenary Session V

Theme: Contemplating the Future of Ukraine’s Military Industrial Base


Morgan Williams (President/US-Ukraine Business Council)


Serhiy Omelchenko (Deputy Director General/ UkrOboronProm) Myron Rabiy (Partner/McCarter-English)
John Gifford (Government Relations Director/AUSA)

Suggested Topics: Keeping UA Secure at All Threat Levels, Producing ‘UA-NATO’ Hybrid Technology for Export, Providing Repair Work for the Hardware of E. European NATO Member

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Forum Patrons’ Reception
[Host: American Foreign Policy Council/509 C Street NE]