Biden’s Naval Secretary Confirmed The US’ Impending Military-Industrial Crisis Over Ukraine
It’s veritably the case that the zero-sum scenario might soon be approaching whereby the US must choose whether to meet its own minimum national security needs or sacrifice them for Ukraine.
The worst-kept secret in the US for the past year was just let out of the bag by Biden’s Naval Secretary after he confirmed that its military-industrial complex might soon struggle to meet both its own country’s and Ukraine’s related needs. Defense One broke the news that was subsequently picked up by conservative and liberal media alike, such as Fox News and Newsweek respectively, thus proving how serious Carlos Del Toro’s words were that both sides are amplifying them. Here’s what he said:
“The secretary was asked to respond to comments made at the conference by Adm. Daryl Caudle, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Caudle, the reporter said, worried that ‘the Navy might get to the point where it has to make the decision whether it needs to arm itself or arm Ukraine, and has the Navy gotten to that point yet?’
Del Toro replied, ‘With regards to deliveries of weapons systems for the fight in Ukraine…Yeah, that's always a concern for us. And we monitor that very, very closely. I wouldn't say we're quite there yet, but if the conflict does go on for another six months, for another year, it certainly continues to stress the supply chain in ways that are challenging.’
The Navy secretary said that Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has been working ‘very closely with [the defense] industry, to motivate them to find out what their challenges or obstacles are to be able to increase their own production rates.’
‘It's obvious that you know, these companies have a substantial pipeline for the future,’ Del Toro said. ‘They now need to invest in their workforce, as well as the capital investments that they have to make within their own companies to get their production rates up.’”
The above exchange leaves no doubt that the Naval Secretary’s official assessment of the US’ military-industrial crisis over Ukraine is a dire one, meaning that what the New York Times (NYT) reported on at length in late November can no longer be chalked up to “Russian propaganda” like “NAFO” trolls have claimed. It’s veritably the case that the zero-sum scenario might soon be approaching whereby the US must choose whether to meet its own minimum national security needs or sacrifice them for Ukraine.
Del Toro is in the loop as a serving official who obviously understands how serious the situation is quickly becoming, unlike former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who recently joined two top Ukrainian officials in calling for even more US military aid to Ukraine. Neither those two, current Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov, nor Ambassador to the UK Vadim Prystaiko believes that the approximately $100 billion that the US has already given Kiev is enough.
All four of them are therefore recklessly endangering the US’ national security interests as its incumbent Naval Secretary understands them to be since they’re lobbying for that country to sacrifice meeting its own minimum needs in order to serve Ukraine’s instead. This observation should give all Americans without exception pause for thought about whether it’s really worth continuing to artificially perpetuate NATO’s proxy war on Russia through Ukraine or if peace should finally be pursued instead.