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BRIGADIER GENERAL PAT RYDER:  Good afternoon, all people. So a number of objects to go alongside, then we'll get to your questions.
As you might be conscious, Secretary Austin returned late final week from productive discussions in Brussels, the place he participated within the NATO Protection Ministerial, in addition to hosted the sixth Ukraine Protection Contact Group assembly, which featured senior protection leaders from practically 50 nations who got here collectively to debate assist to Ukraine as they battle to defend their sovereign territory.
Moreover, the Division of Protection additionally introduced Friday the twenty third presidential drawdown package deal valued at as much as $725 million to fulfill Ukraine's important safety and protection wants. The package deal consists of further ammunition for the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Programs, or HIMARS, 155 millimeter artillery and precision guided rounds, 155 millimeter rounds of distant anti-armor mine techniques, anti-tank weapons, excessive pace anti-radiation missiles, greater than 200 Excessive Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Autos, or Humvees, medical provides and different small-arms ammunition.
In whole, the USA has dedicated roughly $17.8 billion in safety help to Ukraine since Russia's unlawful and unprovoked invasion in February.
Turning to different information, Secretary Austin hosted his UK counterpart, Secretary of State for Protection Ben Wallace, at present within the Pentagon to debate the continued assist to Ukraine by our two nations, in addition to the continued significance transatlantic and regional safety cooperation play in mild of Russia's assault in Ukraine. We can be issuing a readout of the assembly later at present.
Moreover, Secretary Austin will welcome Estonia's Minister of Protection Hanno Pevkur to the Pentagon at present at 2:30. He may even converse to his Colombian counterpart, Minister of Protection, Diego Velásquez*, throughout a cellphone name later this afternoon, and we can be issuing readouts for each of these engagements.
After which lastly, Secretary Austin met with the Protection Innovation Board yesterday on the Pentagon. And through this session, he shared a strategic overview of his priorities and mentioned areas the place he would love the Protection Innovation Board's experience and perception to offer DOD an edge in know-how and innovation.
Board members supplied their suggestions and concepts on find out how to catalyze innovation throughout the DOD. Secretary Austin emphasised the significance of constructing enduring benefits for the warfighter and catalyzing innovation within the DOD, in partnership with America's non-public sector, which is important to U.S. nationwide safety.
Secretary Austin highlighted the next areas of focus for the board to convey distinctive non-public sector insights and experience – accelerating experimentation and know-how adoption, innovation workforce and expertise, the Nationwide Protection, Science and Know-how Technique, and strengthening the connection with the non-public sector on nationwide safety points. We can be issuing a readout on later at present.
And with that, I’ll go forward and take your questions. We'll begin with Lita Baldor at AP.
Q:  Thanks, Pat. Two questions.
One, are you able to convey us updated on any both ongoing negotiations, discussions or simply ideas by the Pentagon concerning the funding of the SpaceX Starlink? Are you able to inform us whether or not or not that is nonetheless happening or – I feel there's nonetheless some query about Musk's tweet on Saturday, as as to if or not he was truly saying he was going to proceed to pay for it or not? Simply give us a – an replace on that.
After which secondly, simply extra broadly, the airstrikes in Ukraine have been concentrating on their energy, water provide, et cetera. Is there any broad Pentagon eager about what extra could be executed as a way to assist Ukraine defend its utilities because the winter approaches? Thanks.
GEN. RYDER:  Thanks, Lita. So on Starlink and SpaceX, with reference to any statements which have – which were made by the corporate when it comes to, you realize, their – their enterprise technique or focus, I'd clearly refer you to them. I can say that the Division of Protection does proceed to debate varied issues with SpaceX and – to incorporate Starlink, however I don't have any additional particulars to supply past what we've already supplied in that regard.
By way of airstrikes or strikes in Ukraine, slightly, and what they're concentrating on, we do proceed to see them goal, amongst different issues, civilian infrastructure, to incorporate energy-related targets – energy grids, for instance – and once more, this isn’t one thing new for Russia, as they proceed to inflict harm on harmless civilians, on civilian infrastructure, as they’ve failed to realize their strategic targets alongside the entrance line.
By way of why we expect they're concentrating on these areas, I feel clearly attempting to inflict ache on the civilian society in addition to attempt to have an effect on Ukrainian forces; however what we've seen thus far is Ukraine be very resilient of their potential to get issues like their energy grids again up on-line shortly.
Within the meantime, our focus will proceed to be on working with them to establish what their wants are, to incorporate issues like air protection, and we'll work to attempt to get these capabilities to them as shortly as attainable, together with our worldwide companions and allies to assist them.
Thanks, Lita. All proper – Idrees?
Q:  There have been some reviews that Iran has promised to supply Russia with surface-to-surface missiles, along with extra drones. Have you ever seen that? Have you ever seen Iran getting ready to ship such missiles? And I’ve a separate comply with up.
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, thanks, Idrees. So I've seen the press reviews on that. I don't have any info to corroborate that at the moment.
Q:  And individually, you talked about the assembly with the British Protection Minister. There are additionally reviews that China is attempting to recruit present and former Royal Air Power pilots to coach Chinese language pilots to evade Western planes. Is that one thing that was mentioned between the 2 of them?
GEN. RYDER:  So once more, we'll subject a readout. The main target of the assembly, as I perceive it, was centered on Ukraine and our assist – mutual assist to Ukraine.
By way of questions on UK residents or UK pilots and China, once more, I'd should refer you to the UK for questions on that. Thanks.
Q:  Thanks, Pat. Lockheed Martin mentioned earlier at present that the corporate is assembly with its provide chain to extend HIMARS manufacturing to 96 items per yr. Is that this sufficient, or do you anticipate that you will want a better – a good greater price than that to accommodate warfare in Ukraine (inaudible) et cetera?
GEN. RYDER:  So, you realize, I've seen some press reporting on Lockheed's feedback, and positively, we welcome it any time business goes to assist to handle not solely our safety wants as a nation but additionally the wants of companions and allies around the globe.
I don't have any specifics to supply when it comes to numbers. As you've heard us say earlier than, we do have processes in place to take a look at our personal stockpiles, our personal readiness necessities, along with working with allies and companions by issues just like the current armaments director conferences to take a look at what these necessities are. So that may proceed to be a dialog going ahead. I feel it's a strategic benefit that now we have as a nation and as a global group and partnership, notably inside NATO, to have the ability to work collectively to establish these necessities and shortly get capabilities the place they're wanted and once they're wanted. Thanks.
Q:  And simply as a follow-up to that, how — are you able to say something about how lengthy it is going to take Lockheed to ramp as much as this greater price?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, that — I'll should refer you to Lockheed on that. Thanks.
Let me go to Riyo, after which I'll go to the cellphone.
Q:  Thanks, (inaudible). Two questions on China. Secretary Blinken mentioned yesterday Beijing was decided to pursue (inaudible) unification with Taiwan on a a lot quicker timeline. Does Secretary Austin agree with Secretary Blinken's evaluation? And secondly, the U.S. navy has assessed that China may need the aptitude to invade Taiwan by 2027. Is there any change in that evaluation?
GEN. RYDER:  So we proceed to see China because the pacing menace. I don't have any specifics to — you realize, any touch upon Secretary Blinken's feedback, particular feedback on these apart from to say I feel inside the USA authorities, all of us agree that we have to proceed to work intently with our allies and our companions within the area and all through the world, actually, to focus on the truth that China continues to pose a problem. And so we'll proceed to do our half to protect a free and open Indo-Pacific, once more, working intently with allies and companions. However past that, I don't have something new to supply. Thanks.
OK, let me go to the cellphone, after which I'll come proper again to you, Janne. Let me go to Jasmine, RFA.
Q:   Hello. Thanks. There are reviews that the U.S. and ROK's going to have air drills involving 240 aircrafts on the finish of this month.  Are you able to present any particulars? And that is the primary large-scale joint air drills since 2017, so why at the moment? Is it to discourage North Korea's attainable (inaudible) nuclear assaults? After which secondly, is there any updates on North Korea's ballistic missile submarine growth? Thanks.
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, thanks. In your final query, Jasmine, I — I don't have something to supply on that.
With reference to your query concerning the — about potential workouts, I don't have any bulletins at present about any particular workouts. As we've mentioned earlier than, we stay centered on persevering with to coordinate intently with our allies and companions to handle the threats posed by the DPRK and to advance our shared targets of the whole denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula; and so we'll proceed to work intently with allies and companions all through the area to strengthen regional stability and safety. However past that, I don't have something new to announce. Thanks.
Q:  Thanks. I’ve two questions on Korea. Just lately, North Korea carried out a collection of provocations with varied (inaudible) and artillery fireplace. And the way — North Korea was — underestimate the U.S. missile safety, and why doesn't the USA intercept North Korean missiles? How would you (inaudible)?
GEN. RYDER:  So simply let me make certain I understood. Your first query was what, once more? How do you — can you detect them? I'm sorry.
Q:  Yeah, North Korea mentioned North Korea underestimate the U.S. missile detect, you realize, detection is — could be very low. So how do you response on this? Secondly, why doesn't the U.S. (inaudible) intercept the North Korean missiles?
GEN. RYDER:  Positive, thanks. So you realize, to start with, in the case of monitoring and observing the area, I'm not going to speak about particular intelligence, however we definitely do preserve, alongside our allies within the area, a really strong indications and warning functionality. By way of how we reply to particular person provocations, for instance, missile launches, you realize, we're going to take care of an entire vary of potential responses. As you've seen INDOPACOM say up to now once they've detected these launches, these launches have been decided in the end to not pose any menace to U.S. forces' territory or that of our allies. Nevertheless it's one thing we'll proceed to work on intently, or monitor intently, slightly.
What I’d say is, again to the sooner level that I used to be making, is our major focus is on preserving a free, peaceable Indo-Pacific. The connection between the USA and the Republic of Korea is about protection, and it's about preserving peace. It's not meant to escalate. It's not meant to create extra consternation or instability within the area. And positively, the actions by North Korea are doing simply that, and in order we've mentioned earlier than, we might name on them to be keen to have dialogue to speak about this stuff versus probably escalating the scenario.
Q:  (inaudible) the U.S. strategic belongings needs to be stationed always to defend South Korea?
GEN. RYDER:  Nicely, now we have greater than 28,000 U.S. forces already stationed on the peninsula. I feel that may be a sign of our dedication to our protection relationship and our safety cooperation with the folks of the Republic of Korea. That's very long-standing and can stay long-standing. So once more, we'll proceed to work intently with the Republic of Korea, our different allies within the area, to incorporate Japan, to protect peace and stability all through the Indo-Pacific. Thanks.
Q:  (inaudible) my query. It's a little bit little bit of a protracted one at present. A brand new Washington Publish investigation finds over 500 retired U.S. navy personnel have taken jobs with international governments in recent times, together with 15 retired U.S. generals and admirals working as paid consultants for the Protection Ministry of Saudi Arabia. Is that this a priority for the Pentagon? And the way does this have an effect on nationwide safety that these former high-ranked navy officers are advising different nations?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, thanks, Liz. So I've seen the article. I’d spotlight that as non-public U.S. residents, retired servicemembers are definitely free to hunt employment at their discretion, however sure requirements do apply, and — and the rationale that’s is as a result of safeguarding nationwide safety and labeled info, in addition to stopping conflicts of curiosity, will all the time stay paramount to the Division of Protection.
So along with the constraints on international authorities employment that apply to all navy retirees, all former DOD personnel are topic to quite a lot of post-government employment restrictions inside regulation and rules. And so, for instance, they continue to be sure by legal guidelines governing nondisclosure of any nonpublic authorities info. This consists of labeled info or info that they might have obtained by their federal employment or different info that could be protected by the Privateness Act.
So, in the case of particular person instances such because the people highlighted within the article, I'd definitely refer you to them or to the suitable Service department, however I do know that the person navy departments do do their due diligence when it comes to weighing and contemplating their opinions of international authorities employment requests.
And the ultimate level I'd make on all of that is that, simply to hammer residence the purpose, that — that there are insurance policies, there are legal guidelines, there are rules, they’re well-established. And it’s one thing that DOD members are educated on, retirees are educated on, and you might be required to comply with them. So it's incumbent on the person to know and to know these necessities and to stick to them.
Q:  Thanks, Pat. Observe-up on Riyo's query. On September seventh Undersecretary Colin Kahl mentioned that — I need to ask about that 2027 timeline, he mentioned it was — he didn't suppose that China has sped up its clock. Is that also the evaluation of the Pentagon? And if not, what’s modified between then and now?
GEN. RYDER:  Sure, so — sure, so I don't need to put a timeline on or speculate on after we suppose precisely China would possibly do that apart from to level again on the phrases that President Xi and the PRC have mentioned publicly when it comes to their willingness, their supposed willingness to make use of drive to take again Taiwan as a part of a — you realize, what they might name a reunification. So, once more, from a strategic standpoint, our focus is on preserving stability and safety all through the area. Our coverage with reference to China and Taiwan has not modified. We nonetheless have the One China coverage. And so our focus will proceed to be on deterring potential navy motion and to calling on either side to resolve these points peaceably.
However I don't have a selected date apart from to say I'd level again to the PRC and their very own public feedback on this subject.
Q:  What it seems like is that the constructing is taking critically one other a part of what Xi did say, which is that you simply're not ruling out the — or wouldn't hand over the appropriate to take Taiwan again by drive. Am I proper that that's one thing that (inaudible) right here and brought critically?
GEN. RYDER:  Nicely, I feel because of this you proceed to see us say that China stays the pacing problem for the Division of Protection. This sort of rhetoric, the type of coercive acts, the type of habits that now we have seen isn’t useful when it comes to preserving peace and stability in that area. So it's one thing that we'll proceed to observe very intently. And once more, our focus proper now’s on working with allies and companions to discourage in order that we don't get to that time, hopefully. Thanks.
Let me return out to the cellphone right here and I'll come into the room. Heather from USNI?
Q:  Sure, I simply surprise when you may give an replace on the maritime setting over in Ukraine? And see that you simply talked about I feel in a few briefings in the past that there was some Kalibr cruise missiles which may turning into from ships, is that one thing that we're nonetheless seeing?
GEN. RYDER:  Sure, thanks, Heather, I actually don't have any important updates to supply when it comes to the naval image per se. As you spotlight, now we have seen Russian vessels make use of Kalibrs in a few of their missile strikes in opposition to Ukraine. However past that I don't have something past that to supply. Thanks.
OK, again to the room right here. Sure, sir.
Q:  Thanks, sir. James Matthews from Sky Information within the U.Ok. Ben Wallace, the U.Ok.'s protection secretary, is in Washington at present. Is he discussing the usage of nuclear weapons or the response to the usage of nuclear weapons?
GEN. RYDER:  So he's right here at present to debate the Ukraine scenario and the U.S. and UK joint efforts to assist Ukraine, in addition to to, once more, reaffirm the transatlantic ties and cooperation that our two nations share in the case of points like Russia. Once more, we'll put a readout out later at present detailing the assembly.
Q:  (Inaudible) Minister appeared to counsel on Sky Information this morning that discussions had been happening that had been, in his phrases, "past perception."  Are you able to illuminate us as to what he may need meant?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, I'd should refer you again to the Minister for any feedback he might have made. Thanks. Admire it.
Go to the again of the room there. Fadi?
Q:  Thanks, Common. So I’ve a query that’s associated to the Nationwide Safety Technique. Within the doc – and naturally, it informs the Nationwide Protection Technique ultimately – and the doc talks about constraining Russia and talks about Individuals – how the U.S. helps to make Russia's warfare on Ukraine strategic failure.
So I ponder if we are able to simply discover with you the that means of strategic failure in the case of Russia's potential to conduct extra wars and primarily mission energy within the Center East area. Thanks.
GEN. RYDER:  That's like a political science take a look at query proper there. I'll get my little blue booklet out and write out my reply on that one.
Wow. Nicely, how a lot time do you’ve gotten, Fadi?
So simply very briefly – and once more, completely happy to speak extra offline in additional element – however what I’d say is that whenever you take a look at the scenario in Ukraine and also you take a look at the broader strategic subject of a rustic utilizing its navy would possibly to basically attempt to take over one other nation illegally and unprovoked or to – to – you – you realize, the sham referenda annexed territory, I feel the strategic query at subject there’s can we, as a worldwide group, permit that to occur? Can the USA permit that type of habits to be acceptable? And what precedent does it set if it does – whether it is permitted?
And so from a strategic standpoint, working once more alongside our worldwide allies and companions to assist, on this case, Ukraine of their battle to defend their sovereign territory, the results of not doing so would portend a really critical nationwide safety menace – worldwide safety menace for a really very long time to come back.
By way of Russia and the Center East, once more, you've been watching this story lengthy sufficient to know that Russia, like several nation, has pursuits, to incorporate pursuits throughout the Center East. They definitely share relationships, safety relationships, financial relationships with different nations. I'd refer you to them to speak about their very own international coverage, however it's definitely one thing that we regulate. Thanks.
Q:  One other query – you talked about penalties if the U.S. and its allies and worldwide group don’t stand as much as Russia's intervention however I'm extra eager about realizing the – how – what you suppose are the results of this strategic failure, if it occurs. Will it restrict Russia's potential to make use of navy drive sooner or later?
GEN. RYDER:  Nicely, I feel if I perceive your query appropriately, I feel the thought right here is, once more, to compel a nation which may suppose that, you realize, would possibly by navy energy and taking up nations illegally, they'd be deterred from doing that and that it might be unacceptable and, subsequently, to not their strategic benefit or coverage to do these sorts of issues.
So once more, I – completely happy to have a deeper dialogue offline however – thanks.
OK, let me return to Barbara after which I'm going to go to the cellphone.
Q:  To comply with up a little bit bit on my colleague from Sky – the factor is that Putin to this point has by no means taken nuclear weapons off the desk. His rhetoric continues and he's by no means mentioned that it's off the desk. So what reassurance can the Pentagon give the American people who it’s fully able to cope with a nuclear situation from Russia?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, so we’re fully prepared. I’ll inform you that. We proceed to observe the scenario very intently. As Secretary Austin and others have mentioned, this type of nuclear saber rattling is reckless, it's irresponsible, notably given the safety scenario in that area of the world and elsewhere. And so it's one thing that we'll proceed to maintain an in depth eye on.
Within the meantime, now we have not seen something that will point out that Russia has decided to make use of nuclear weapons. And so, you realize, once more, others have communicated that there could be penalties, however I'm not going to get into what these had been, apart from to say that we stand the watch 24/7 and could be ready if we needed to reply.
Q:  And really briefly, given the truth that NATO is (inaudible) the U.S.' nuclear deterrence train in Europe this very week, whenever you say "absolutely prepared," are you absolutely – are you able to say whether or not the USA is absolutely deliberate out and prepared with the allies in Europe?
GEN. RYDER:  So I'm not going to get into hypothetical conditions trigger, you realize, once more, we preserve a really strong strategic deterrence functionality and have for a lot of, a few years. We labored very intently with our allies all through the world to supply deterrence. And I'll simply depart it at that however thanks, Barbara.
Q:  Yeah, thanks, Pat. There's been – to return to Ukraine, there's been some concern up on the Hill that with these – the drawdowns that we're doing, that the U.S. is type of slicing too near the bone and dipping too far into its personal inventory.
Are you able to touch upon that and whether or not or not that's true or not and what the Pentagon is doing to make it possible for doesn't occur, we nonetheless preserve a strong provide for our personal use?
GEN. RYDER:  Completely. So there’s a very detailed course of when it comes to – as we take a look at our safety help to Ukraine, we weigh it in opposition to loads of varied components, to incorporate our personal readiness. And so that is one thing that we continuously keep in mind, and once more, this can be a cause why you noticed not too long ago a gathering with nationwide armaments administrators, not solely NATO however as a part of the Ukraine Contact Group, to take a look at how we proceed to work collectively to not solely replenish our personal shares as a global group, but additionally make sure that we are able to proceed to assist Ukraine going ahead.
I discussed earlier that I feel this can be a strategic benefit as a result of the important thing level right here is that the USA, the worldwide group, our allies and our companions are all working collectively as a global group to make it possible for we are able to proceed to fulfill our safety commitments whereas, on the similar time, supporting Ukraine, and that we're doing this collectively versus a nation like Russia, which largely finds itself remoted already with logistics and sustainment issues and having to depend upon nations like Iran and North Korea, in the case of searching for safety help. 
And so going ahead, that is one thing that we'll clearly preserve a really shut eye on and work very laborious to make sure as a result of on the finish of the day, the USA navy goes to be prepared. We're going to make sure that we're prepared to fulfill our safety commitments around the globe. However we're assured that we've obtained the processes and the procedures in place to make sure that that stays the case. Thanks.
Let me simply exit to the cellphone right here, and I'll come again to Val — Valerie. Luis Martinez, ABC.
Q:  Hey, Pat. Query about this incident off the coast of Alaska. NORAD Alaska pushed out a press release about F-16s intercepting some Tu-95s, and the Russian Protection Ministry has additionally issued a press release about this flight. What's so important about this type of encounter? I imply, so a lot of them have occurred, however what was particular about this one which it required either side to subject statements? Was it very near the U.S. territorial waters? Thanks.
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, only for the good thing about all which are listening, so NORAD issued a press release proper earlier than the press briefing highlighting that NORAD detected, tracked, positively recognized and intercepted two Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers getting into and working throughout the Alaskan Air Protection Identification Zone. No indication that there was any unsafe, unprofessional habits. They didn’t current a menace.
So, Luis, you realize, definitely, would encourage you to contact NORAD, however that is fairly normal and routine for us to subject releases. I feel that, you realize, we attempt to, particularly in mild of every thing happening on the planet at present, attempt to make it possible for we're being as clear as attainable in the case of this type of info in order to make sure that people have the info. Thanks.
OK, Valerie.

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Q:  So I wished to get again to Lita’s line of questioning. Can you present any readability at this level about how a lot, if any, funding DOD is offering to SpaceX for Starlink in Ukraine? As a result of there had been some reporting — or some complicated — confusion — complicated reviews about that. So are you able to a minimum of rule out that DOD has beforehand despatched these funds?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, in order it pertains to Ukraine and Starlink, the DOD has not funded — has not paid SpaceX any cash at this stage.
Q:  OK. And only a broader query on that very same topic, do you’ve gotten any considerations that this example may set a nasty precedent? I imply, SpaceX made the choice to ship these terminals and to supply the service. So, is the Pentagon being strong-armed into persevering with funding for it, as a substitute of going by the method that we've seen play out over the previous couple of months the place the Pentagon sources the Ukrainians' necessities, after which, you realize, comes up with the aptitude that it feels is finest, you realize — that finest meets these necessities?
GEN. RYDER:  So let me type of strategy it from a little bit little bit of a distinct standpoint. So we haven't paid something to SpaceX for Starlink in Ukraine to this point, proper? So, what a person firm might or might not do in any explicit nook of the world, after all, is, you realize, incumbent on that firm to resolve and do. In relation to the broader subject of offering satellite tv for pc communication to Ukraine, we’re in discussions with SpaceX, in addition to different corporations, to take a look at how finest to supply that service.
And so, what I’d say is that as you effectively know, now we have a course of which we undergo when it comes to — and once more, I don't need to speculate or say this has occurred, however any sort of service that the DOD goes to be funding, there's a course of by which we might undergo to take a look at contracting and acquisition necessities and the way we might do this. So once more, I don't have something to announce. Once more, the larger image right here is working with Ukraine when it comes to what are their satellite tv for pc communication wants, and persevering with to work with business on exploring how finest to try this. Thanks.
Q:  As winter approaches, type of, OK, what are the principle challenges that poses to Ukraine? How do you see it impacting the combating? And there've been varied bulletins on donations of cold-weather gear. Does Ukraine have what it wants on that entrance at this level? Is extra obligatory? What your evaluation of that?
GEN. RYDER:  Yeah, effectively definitely, climate is a major consider any navy operation. Winter positively will current some challenges to all events on the battlefield. I feel that whenever you take a look at issues like, you realize, rain, snow, mud, the impression that it has on the terrain, it positively will add one other degree of complexity to already very-dynamic battlefield. And so, because of this, you realize — a serious cause why you see us persevering with to work very intently with Ukraine, with our worldwide companions and allies to establish what Ukraine's wants are. Secretary Austin talked a little bit bit about this final week in Brussels when it comes to, you see Ukraine persevering with to place strain on Russia, and that continues to be necessary as we get nearer to the winter months as a result of you realize, clearly, Russia is experiencing some important logistics and sustainment challenges proper now. These are solely going to get more durable because the winter months set in, and so time is definitely of the essence in the case of capitalizing on that from an operational standpoint.
By way of your query about, how does it have an effect on the assist we offer, once more, this would be the ongoing dialog. And I feel by issues just like the Contact Group or by the bilateral discussions that now we have with particular person nations and our allies and our companions, we're going to take a look at what it’s that we have to get to them to assist allow that continued ahead momentum on the battlefield. Thanks.
All proper, take a pair extra right here. Let me go to you, sir, and also you, after which again to Liz?
Q:  Thanks. Does the Pentagon view Iran's sale of huge drones and cruise missiles to Russia and Russia's use of these as a violation or abuse of the Missile Know-how Management Regime which governs giant unmanned aerial techniques and cruise missiles? After which, by means of comply with up, are you able to give us an replace on the deliberations on the sale of Grey Eagle to Ukraine?
GEN. RYDER:  So, no updates on the Grey Eagles. We’ll positively present these when now we have one thing, or give you an replace when now we have one thing.
So far as the violations go, I'm sorry. Are you able to ask that half once more?
Q:  The Missile Know-how Management Regime covers cruise missiles and huge UAS. Is the sale by Iran and the use by Russia, which — of that know-how… a violation or abuse?
GEN. RYDER:  So I’d suggest you discuss to the State Division. They may give you extra particulars on that. I consider they've spoken to this subject. Actually, we've seen these Iranian drones which were supplied to Russia to be used in Ukraine getting used to strike civilian targets, which after all, is a violation of the regulation of armed battle, so yeah. Sorry I don't have extra for you.
All proper, let me do the final two questions. Mike?
Q:  Hey, sir, yesterday, Elon Musk mentioned that SpaceX has withdrawn its request for funding for the Starlink providers. Are you able to affirm if that message has made it as much as the Pentagon but?
GEN. RYDER:  Once more, I'd refer you to SpaceX to speak about what they’ve or haven’t executed. I can inform you that we do proceed to have discussions with SpaceX officers and others, when it comes to offering satellite tv for pc communications to Ukraine, however once more, I don't have something to announce at present. Thanks.
And Liz?
Q:  Thanks. (Inaudible), a Swedish newspaper launched photographs and movies at present exhibiting that it was possible an inside explosion from the pipeline. Has the Pentagon seen these photographs and video and does it assess any — something in a different way primarily based on them?
GEN. RYDER:  So I’ve not personally seen the photographs. I'm conscious of — I've seen them on, you realize — some imagery on — in press reviews. What I can inform you is that Germany, Denmark and Norway are persevering with to steer the investigation, we're definitely standing by to assist as obligatory, however I don't have any updates to supply at this level from right here, so thanks.
OK, thanks very a lot, all people. Admire it.
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// This block is included as soon as, so is shared by all media tokens.
// this block is how we execute the particular resize for dgov2’s slideshow popup
dgov2slideshowPopupResize(ibox, w, h, doResize);

if (!g_isDynamic)

var isMobile = window.matchMedia(‘(max-width: 1200px)’).matches;

if (isMobile) {
$.colorbox.resize({ width: “100%”, top: “100%” });

$(ibox).discover(“.data”).css(‘top’, ‘auto’);

var iw = w;
var ih = h;
var ww = $(window).width();
var wh = $(window).top();
var hextra = 40;
var wextra = 360;
var hborder = 120;
var wborder = 120;
var maxw = ww – wextra – wborder;
var maxh = wh – hextra – hborder;
var ratio = Math.min(maxw / iw, maxh / ih);

iw = Math.flooring(iw * ratio); // use flooring to keep away from overflow scrollbar
ih = Math.flooring(ih * ratio);

// console.log(iw + ” ” + ih + ” — ” + (iw + wextra) + ” ” + (ih + hextra))



if (doResize)
$.colorbox.resize({ width: iw + wextra, top: ih + hextra });

$(window).resize(operate () {
if (g_isDynamic && pup !== undefined)
popupResize(pup, giw, gih, true);

$(window).load(operate () {
$(“.popup”).click on(operate () {
giw = $(this).knowledge(‘width’);
gih = $(this).knowledge(‘top’);
pup = $($(this).attr(‘href’));
g_isDynamic = $(this).knowledge(‘dynamic’) === 1 ? true : false;

popupResize(pup, giw, gih, false);

var w = “768px”;
var isMobile = $(window).width() < 768 ? true : false;
w = "auto";
if (isMobile)
w = "100%";

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const isDgov2Slideshow = $(this).attr("data-isdgov2slideshow") != undefined;
const slideNumber = parseInt($(this).attr('data-slide-number'));
const slideIndex = slideNumber – 1;
//console.log("slideNumber for popup", slideNumber)
const popupThis = this;
className: 'inline-popup', mounted: true, transition: "none", opacity: .9, inline: true, width: w, top: 'auto', maxWidth:"80%", maxHeight:"100%", shut: "X", onClosed: operate () {
onComplete: operate () {
var popupHeight = jQuery(this.href.substring(this.href.lastIndexOf("#"))).outerHeight(true);
if (jQuery("#colorbox").top() < popupHeight) {
if (g_isDynamic) {
if (!isMobile) {

// for popup having data-isdgov2slideshow attr (see above)
if (isDgov2Slideshow) {
const popSelector = '#dgov2popup-target-3192466';
const ssSelector = '#dgov2slideshowId-3192466';
numSlides: 0,
startingSlideIndex: slideIndex,
popupSelector: popSelector,
slideshowSelector: ssSelector,
slideshowMediaId: 3192466,
giw = $(popupThis).knowledge('width');
gih = $(popupThis).knowledge('top');
pup = $($(popupThis).attr('href'));
popupResize(pup, giw, gih, true);
onClosed: operate () {
pup = undefined;
if (g_isDynamic)

if (isDgov2Slideshow) {
const popSelector = '#dgov2popup-target-3192466';
const ssSelector = '#dgov2slideshowId-3192466';
popupSelector: popSelector,
slideshowSelector: ssSelector,


inline: true,
onComplete: operate () {
// cease scrollbar from flashing
$("#cboxLoadedContent").css("overflow", "");
$("#cboxLoadedContent").css("overflow-y", "hidden");
onClosed: operate () {
$('.slideshow-gallery').set off('slideTo', 0);


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