New US defense strategy brands Russia as “acute threat”
It is noted that Russia poses serious and constant risks to the United States and Washington's allies (Photo:REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo)
China remains the primary systemic challenge to the United States, while Russia poses an “acute threat,” the U.S. Department of Defense said in its new National Defense Strategy (NDS), published on Oct. 27.
“Even as China poses the Department’s pacing challenge, recent events underscore the acute threat posed by Russia,” the document reads.
“Russia’s government seeks to use force to impose border changes and to reimpose an imperial sphere of influence. Its extensive track record of territorial aggression includes the escalation of its brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine.”
According to the report, Russia’s military capabilities pose serious and ongoing risks to the United States and its allies:
· long-range cruise missile threats;
· cyber and information operations;
· counterspace threats;
· chemical and biological weapons;
· submarine warfare;
· extensive gray zone campaigns, targeting liberal democracies in particular.
The document outlines U.S. defense priorities as following:
· Defending the homeland, paced to the growing multi-domain threat posed by the China;
· Deterring strategic attacks against the United States, Allies, and partners;
· Deterring aggression, while being prepared to prevail in conflict when necessary –prioritizing the Chinese challenge in the Indo-Pacific region, then the Russia challenge in Europe;
· Building a resilient Joint Force and defense ecosystem.
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