Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer at L3Harris Technologies
Okay. Well, thanks, Sheila. We'll obviously welcome all feedback on the new investor letter. But I think we got a lot of positive feedback, giving you 15 hours to read it instead of one hour. So hopefully, that was helpful. Yes, on Ukraine -- and I'll just say Ukraine and the whole region, the breaking news yesterday was you saw the White House asked Congress for an additional $33 billion of funding.
And when you look into the details, which I know will evolve over time, $20 billion is for defense. And of that, $6 billion is the USAI, which is the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, and $6 billion is FMS. And those are two vehicles and processes that we're very familiar with, and we've used over the last several years or decades in supporting Ukraine. So I think we understand how that process works, which, of course, is very important.
The $6 billion compares to $300 million last year. So this is a significant increase. And we just need to see how long it's going to take to get this bill passed. As we read it, it appears to have a lot more flexibility for acting quickly to get these contracts moving. So as you would imagine, we're in discussion with several customers in the region and here in the U.S. There's lots of opportunities for L3Harris.
When you think of secured communications, I think it's been pretty well publicized, the importance of having secured communications. And that's worked well with Ukraine, has been a longtime customer of ours. I think you can read and see that the Russians are having difficulty with the communication. So I think that positions us well. We have, just under the whole ISR, situational awareness, whether it's space ISR, air ISR, even the EO/IR turrets out of WESCAM are examples of things that I think could be needed and, of course, night vision goggles.
So we're really not able to give a lot of details, as you would imagine. But I think, broadly, we're well situated. And many of these capabilities are in our sweet spot, even including EW, electronic warfare. So I think over the midterm, we continue to believe low to mid-single digits is the right guide at this point in time. We are starting to get demand signals. We're responding to RFIs. But I do like the tailwinds, and I think more to come over the next several quarters.
I will say relative to being more agile or nimbler, I can't give you the specifics, but I can tell you, within 15 days from receiving a request, we were able to ship product to help with the conflict. And just so you know, a lot of this is reprioritization, right? So we have other customers who are willing to give up their products, to get them over in the region. And then we have to obviously backfill those as well.
So I don't know if that got to all your point, Sheila, but that's -- I think we're well situated.