The Secretary was asked at a Surface Navy Association Conference on Wednesday whether he agreed with an admiral’s statement that ‘The Navy might get to the point where it has to make the decision whether it needs to arm itself or arm Ukraine.’
He was very careful not to comment on the possibility of a choice between which country to arm, according to Defense One, but noted that ‘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.’
Del Toro ultimately blamed military contractors, saying they need to boost production to meet the demand.
His admission comes just days after the Biden administration announced it was sending its largest aid package to Ukraine yet — despite the Kremlin previously warning of ‘consequences’ to escalating the war.
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