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DOD 'Confident' It Can Meet Both Ukraine, Israel 155mm Ammo Requests, Ryder Says

October 25, 2023

Matthew Beinart

Defense Daily

Ammo handler at Blue Grass Army Depot prepares 155mm projectile rounds for repalletization. Photo by Dori Whipple, Blue Grass Army Depot

By Matthew Beinart, Defense Daily / October 24, 2023

The Pentagon is “confident” it can continue meeting both Ukraine’s and Israel’s requests for 155mm artillery ammunition while ensuring necessary stockpile levels to maintain U.S. military readiness, a department spokesperson said Tuesday.

“We are confident that we have what we need to be able to support [Ukraine and Israel] and at the same time ensure that our military readiness stays at the threshold that it needs to. We will not sacrifice our own military readiness when it comes to defending the nation,” Air Force Brig. Gen Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters during a briefing.

The U.S. has been supplying 155mm artillery rounds to Ukraine to assist in its fight against Russia’s ongoing invasion and has also provided Israel with the ammunition in military aid donations following Hamas’ incursion on October 7 and as the country prepares for a potential ground invasion of Gaza.

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