Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United States to bring its military to unprecedented level

United States to bring its military to unprecedented level

That shift reflects persistent USA worries about China's military buildup in the South China Sea, its moves to expand its political and economic influence, and what has been described as Beijing's systematic campaign of cyberattacks and data theft from government agencies and private US corporations.

In unveiling the new strategy, which will set priorities for the Pentagon for years to come, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called China and Russian Federation "revisionist powers" that "seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models".

"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, " he said.

It sets priorities for the U.S. Defense Department that are expected to be reflected in future defence spending requests.

The most dominant theme in his strategy is for the U.S.to regain its competitive edge with China and Russian Federation, according to an 11-page, unclassified version released by the Pentagon.

Mattis named the rogue regimes in North Korea and Iran as top threats as well. And Mattis criticized Congress for budget caps that have done more to erode military readiness than any other enemy since 9/11.

There was no immediate response from China.

"China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea", the National Defense Strategy, which was released Friday morning, stated.

Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014 and intervened militarily in Syria to support its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"He said Moscow is open to discuss military doctrines and the kind of military contacts that previously existed between the two countries".

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China, on the other hand, was described as economically and militarily ascendant.

Colby said the USA still seeks areas of cooperation with Russian Federation and China, stressing "this is not a strategy of confrontation".

"If you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day", Mattis said, referring to threats the United States faces.

If the government shuts down, the military is considered essential and would still report for duty, US officials have said.

"We are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based worldwide order-creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory". Washington has maintained talks with Russian Federation to ensure no conflicts or accidents in the sky over Syria, where both nations are bombing IS fighters.

Mattis replied "yes" when he was quizzed, if a shutdown would have "serious ramifications", for the U.S. military during a question and answer session, reports The Washington Examiner.

Mattis went on to say the goal of this strategy is to send a message to anyone that wants to take on the U.S.

The United States must build up its military to prepare for the possibility of conflict with Russian Federation and China, according to a new Pentagon strategy released Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Earlier, the US House of Representatives passed a Republican-led bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown.

"As hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the US military than the combined impact" of spending caps and short-term funding. The United States military must push the policy of presenting peace through strength, according to Mattis. The United States is spending $587.8 billion per year on its military, China $161.7 billion and Russian Federation $44.6 billion.

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