According to a report in Breaking Defense, a news service for the “defense” industry (AKA the masters of war), “Even as the White House has pushed billions of dollars towards Ukraine and Israel, the American defense industry has been wary of standing up production capacity over fears that it will invest and then suddenly see government demand drop quickly.”

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan assured investors and weapons manufacturers that they have nothing to fear. Speaking to a small group of reporters at the White House, Sullivan expressed confidence that even if peace broke out tomorrow, Western nations have built themselves such a deep hole in terms of stockpiles that production will stay strong in coming years.

“Look, there is such a gap between where the collective West is and where it needs to be in terms of munitions stockpiles, that this is not going to be a problem for a long time. There is a need for replenishment on all of these systems that extends out years,” Sullivan said. “If anything, I believe that our defense industry is still underestimating, rather than overestimating” global demand for weapons production in the coming years.

“Patriot missile batteries are a great example. There are going to be orders piling up for Patriot missile batteries out the door, regardless of what happens” in the coming year in Ukraine.

So arms makers can rest easy and invest in additional weapons-making capacity. They are sure to have a ready market for their destructive products as long as capitalism persists.

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