Pentagon Spokesman Discusses Variety of Topics With Reporters

There will be grave consequences for Turkey should the country go ahead with buying the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, chief Pentagon spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. said here today.

If Turkey goes ahead with plans to purchase the $2.5 billion Russian system, the United States will withhold F-35 aircraft and Patriot Missile batteries earmarked for Turkey, Summers told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. officials have long said the Russian system is incompatible with NATO systems, he added, and that it represents another effort by Russia to disrupt the alliance.

Summers said the Defense Department continues to pursue the National Defense Strategy in transforming and improving the way it does business. “As always, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan’s priority remains executing the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort: lethality, alliances and reform. We have made some exciting progress along those [lines of effort],” he said.

He cited DOD’s proposal to create the U.S. Space Force as an advance in lethality. Building the sixth U.S. armed force will allow the United States to continue to “be the best in the world in that domain,” Summers said.

Building Alliances, Reforming the Department

Shanahan traveled to the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe last month to build alliances, participating in the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels and…

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