The new national defense strategy is a really big deal for a few reasons.
The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy is refocusing the U.S. military onto traditional great power conflicts against nations such as Russia and China while still fighting terrorism. The new document, which was released last week, is the Pentagon’s first national defense strategy in over 10 years.
“The world, to quote George Shultz [former Secretary of State under Reagan], is awash in change, defined by increasing global volatility and uncertainty with Great Power competition between nations becoming a reality once again,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told an audience on Jan. 19. “Though we will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we are engaged in today, but Great Power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.”
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