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Navy Sec.: U.S. Faces Choice to Arm Itself or Ukraine in Next 6 Mos.

'It's obvious that you know, these [weapons] companies have a substantial pipeline for the future...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) United States Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro made a statement announcing that weapon manufacturers are not making defense weapons quickly enough to arm both the U.S. Navy and Ukraine.

During a recent conference, a journalist asked Del Toro if “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?”

According to the Post Millennial, Del Toro explained that the U.S. military is not at that point yet, it could be eventually..

“With regards to deliveries of weapons systems for the fight in Ukraine… yeah, that’s always a concern for us,” he said. “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,” he added.

Del Toro explained that Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is also working closely with the weapons industry to lessen any challenges that could be slowing down production.

Companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrup Gruman and Raytheon have seen their stocks booming under the Biden administration, even as a recession—and potentially worse economic meltdown—haunts other major sectors of the economy.

“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 Biden administration has thus far committed more than $100 billion in taxpayer funds into the Russia–Ukraine conflict, along with massive amounts of weaponry.

Most Republicans are calling for a halt on sending more funds overseas, with the exception of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, who claimed it as his “top priority.”

The conflict, which has dragged on for almost a year, is mired in controversy—particularly after it was discovered the cryptocurrency company FTX was laundering money to Democrat campaigns via donations to the embattled country.

American citizens are split on sending more funding to Ukraine.

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