U.S. Returns to Great Powers Defense Stance

A new era.

WASHINGTON – There is a major change in U.S. military strategy. On Friday, more than 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said terrorism is no longer the No. 1 priority.

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Pentagon officials cite analysis by a U.S. Navy officer assigned to a Washington think tank as one of many reasons why China and Russia have replaced terrorism as the primary focus of the new national defense strategy. Maintaining a military advantage over China and Russia is now Defense Secretary Mattis’ top priority.

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America’s military advantage has eroded in part because it has been fighting wars for the past 16 years. But Defense Secretary Mattis said “no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military” than the inability of Congress to agree on a budget.