Former Chief-Of-Staff U.S. Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan On Ukraine, And What U.S. Should Do

Association of the United States Army
2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22201


Release Number: 2015 – 07

Statement from Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret., President and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army:
While we fully support diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the conflict in the Ukraine, we also believe it is time for a serious discussion – leading to a decisive plan – with our European allies about what to do if diplomacy fails.

We could start by providing defensive lethal weaponry to Ukraine but we might need to plan for further and more pointed steps.

The Russia-supporting splintering of Ukraine is a crisis today for that sovereign nation and could spread to a wider crisis for the continent. The U.S. and European allies cannot stand by while Russian military power is used to indirectly and indirectly to destabilize and fracture a nation that had been seeking closer ties to the West.

This is a dangerous situation with global implications, and it poses a test of the resolve of the world to stand up against bullies and tyrants.

Leaders: Resources Key for National Security Strategy
02/06/2015 10:23 AM CST

Leaders: Resources Key for National Security Strategy

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2015 – Praising President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy for recognizing the challenges the nation faces, the Defense Department’s top civilian and military leaders today stressed the need for an end to scheduled sequestration spending cuts to allow the military to do its part in implementing the strategy.
White House officials released the strategy, known as the NSS, today.

Strategy Draws on All Sources of National Power

“President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy provides a comprehensive blueprint for defending and advancing America’s interests at home and around the world,” Hagel said in a statement. “It is clear-eyed about our nation’s challenges as well as our strategic opportunities.

“The strategy wisely calls for drawing on all the sources of our national power — including the unrivaled strength and resilience of America’s economy, diplomacy, and military, as well as our values — to strengthen and sustain America’s global leadership,” he said.

Bedrock of National Security

The strategy makes clear that a strong military is the bedrock of U.S. national security, Hagel said, adding that the Defense Department stands ready to help in its execution. DoD leaders actively participated in its development, he added, noting that the NSS complements the defense strategy articulated by the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.
“Every day, across the globe, the men and women of DoD defend our nation, our fellow citizens and our allies and partners,” the secretary said. “They assure our prosperity, represent our values, and help uphold a rules-based international order.”

The Defense Department needs the resources to continue doing so, Hagel said.

“That is why President Obama and I are urging Congress to end sequestration and approve the defense budget we have submitted for fiscal year 2016 — so that we preserve our ability to execute our national security and defense strategies, and maintain the military superiority necessary to underwrite America’s global leadership for decades to come,” the secretary said.

Complex Threats in a Turbulent World

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also issued a statement.
“The United States retains the world’s pre-eminent military, but we cannot take it for granted, given the complex threats we face in today’s turbulent world,” he said.

The NSS recognizes this reality with its charge to maintain the U.S. military edge and readiness, Dempsey added, by continuing to insist on reforms and necessary investment in military forces and their families.
“In particular, I welcome the NSS’s call to working with Congress to end sequestration so that we can maintain the military the American people deserve and expect,” the chairman said.

Chuck Hagel
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
Related Sites:
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the 2015 National Security Strategy
The Defense Department on Facebook
The Defense Department on Twitter
DoD News on Facebook
DoD News on Twitter
DoDLive Blog
DoD News Broadcast Channel

Bookmark and Share

Defense Department News Through Facebook on the DoD News Facebook page, you can post comments and share news, photos and videos on the DoD News Facebook page. Go to or search for DoD News at

Update your subscriptions, modify your password or e-mail address, or stop subscriptions at any time by clicking on your ‘User Profile’ page at You will need to use your email address to log in. If you have questions or problems with the subscription service, please visit

Have another inquiry? Visit the online FAQ at for up-to-date information.

Get the help you, your family, and fellow service members need, when you need it. Visit to learn more.

Check out the National Resource Directory at, a new web-based resource for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families, families of the fallen and those who support them from the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
This service is provided to you at no charge by U.S. Department of Defense. Visit us on the web at

Updates from the U.S. Department of Defense

Too many newsletters? You can unsubscribe.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: