The State Department says some $585 million — almost half the military aid package for the year — has not yet been obligated. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the administration hasn't missed any deadlines because it has until Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to use the money.
Even as officials review aid to Egypt, the U.S. military has continued to ship thousands of spare parts for American weapons systems used by Egyptian forces, including armored personnel carriers, tanks and missiles.
The next military weapons shipments are scheduled to take place next month — including 10 Apache helicopters and a number of M1A1 Abrams tank kits, which include machine guns and other equipment used with the tanks. Defense Department officials said they did not know the exact number of tank kits scheduled to be sent in September.
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said those shipments are being reviewed, but the deliveries are continuing as planned. "There is no policy decision to suspend the shipment of any weapons systems other than the F-16s," Warren said. "Any suggestion of a de facto suspension is incorrect."
The rest of the U.S. aid to Egypt — $250 million — is in the form of economic support.
Harf said the U.S. is trying to abide by all requirements and has conducted a legal review of programs. So far, the review has found that most forms of U.S. economic aid to Egypt can legally continue even if a coup is declared because funds are spent on promoting democracy, health and rule of law programs and the like. She said, however, that there is a "tiny bucket" of economic aid that might be subject to cancellation because of the events that have taken place in Egypt.
European Union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday in Brussels to forge a joint response to the recent violence in Egypt with discussions expected on proposals to halt aid programs and suspend arms shipments.
However, the threat to withhold aid — by either the U.S. or the EU — is weakened by the readiness of wealthy Arab states to prop up Egypt's new military-backed leadership. So far, they have promised $12 billion in new aid, chiefly from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, who are longtime critics of Morsi's Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. The grants allow the government to pay for vital food and fuel imports.
AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace and AP Writer Lolita C. Baldor at the Pentagon contributed to this report.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.