In recent times there has been some slight concern in America about how supporting Ukraine effects the States.
No concern is needed however.
The Pentagon have now formally clarified this issue in some detail.
General Patrick Ryder clarified in Washington:
“As you’ve heard Secretary Austin say before, We will not go below or readiness requirements as we take into consideration what Ukraine’s security assistance are. As we work with them and our partners to identify the specific capabilities, the specific systems, among the capabilities that we have, there is going to be a variety of factors taken into account that we can continue to support Ukraine at the same time as we continue to maintain our own readiness and our own stocks.”
“Importantly this has been an ongoing conversation and an ongoing effort early on in this campaign. Particularly as we saw it going out for an extended period. And so you’ve seen things like the National Armaments Directors meeting regularly. In fact they will meet next week prior to the Ukraine Defense Contact Group and they have a series of regular meetings so that we can continue to work as an international community so that again:
- One, we are anticipating and supporting Ukraine and its needs.
- But also – making sure we can maintain and replenish our own stocks of munitions.
And so we are confident that we can continue on that glide path working very closely with industry and working our international allies and partners. I would say it is one of our great strategic strengths, as a coalition, is the fact that we do have such a large industrial number of defense industrial bases to draw upon. As well as a motivated defense industrial base that wants to help us in that regard.
And so we are confident that we can continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.
And we are confident that we can maintain the readiness levels that are vital to defending our nation.”