Pentagon: Russia and China Are America’s Biggest Military Threats

    Dave Majumdar

    Security,

    And the Pentagon is getting ready to meet that challenge. 

    The Trump Administration’s new fiscal year 2019 defense budget proposal squarely takes aim at Russia and China as the United States enters into a renewed era of great power competition.

    “A major thrust of the National Defense Strategy oriented on great power competition: specifically, Russia and China,” Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, director of force structure, resources and assessment on the Joint Staff told reporters at the Pentagon on Feb. 12. “And, in this respect, our investments to support activities, both capability and posture, in Asia and Europe are an important aspect of this budget.”

    As undersecretary of defense (comptroller) David L. Norquist explained, great power competition has overshadowed terrorism as the Pentagon’s major focus. “Great power competition, not terrorism, has emerged as the central challenge to U.S. security and prosperity,” Norquist said. “It is increasingly apparent that China and Russia want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian values and, in the process, replace the free and open order that has enabled global security and prosperity since World War II.”

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