USA defense chief says North Korea threatens global stability with weapons programs

USA defense chief says North Korea threatens global stability with weapons programs

19 de enero de 2018, 15:52Washington, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The US Government presented today in Congress a new National Defense Strategy (NDS) that prioritizes dealing with supposed external threats over terrorism.

Meanwhile, as a bill to fund the government through to only February 16 appeared on the verge of collapse in the Senate, the defence secretary had harsh words for Congress and its inability to reach agreement on budgets. The school is a division of the Johns Hopkins University based in Washington.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in a speech releasing the strategy, called the new approach "fit for our time". It comes as the country has embarked on a far-reaching military modernisation that Mr Colby said was in "deep contravention to our interests".

Drones, artificial intelligence, and machine learning also will be new military priorities. It's not just about protecting geography.

Consequentially, there is now a general dismissal of strategy because the reductions in force structure proposed in each iteration have not resulted in substantive changes in operations of the force.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States is losing its competitive military advantage over China and Russian Federation, marking the central challenge to America's armed forces.

It harkens back to the Cold War-era where the US and Soviet Union projected power and military might around the globe. Meanwhile the main United States ally in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, continues to use its oil money spread its extremist, medieval version of Islam around the world.

But he added that it is unclear whether the tougher posture will translate into action on the ground, such as greater U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific, as resources remain an issue. "This confidence is underpinned by the assurance that our military will win should diplomacy fail".

Mr Mattis said the USA is simply recognising reality, and that "this is not a strategy of confrontation, but it is strategy that recognises the reality of competition".

"The nation must feel sufficient capable forces to fight conflicts", Mattis said, speaking on the lethality of US forces. "The defense strategy's three primary lines of effort will restore our comparative military advantage".

Much of the building up of a more lethal force centers on the modernization of weapons and equipment. It also occupies an important place in the Pentagon's budget process known as Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE). "We're continuing that", a senior State Department official said today.

An enemy will attack any perceived weakness, Mattis said. "This means that the size and the composition of our force matters", he said.

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Alliances are key to American success, the secretary said. "It was always alongside foreign troops".

Asked by a member of the audience to elaborate on how the US military would fight enemies in space, Mattis delivered one of his trademark one-liners: "Don't try it". Trump represents part of the USA political spectrum but there is a wide-ranging consensus in the United States on the need for Europeans to develop more real capabilities. "Working by, with and through allies who carry their equitable share allows us to amass the greatest possible strength".

"This is not 1999, when some would say the USA can do everything by itself", said Colby.

Preferably, said Mattis, conflicts in space should be resolved diplomatically.

There is a clear need to reduce the pressures on USA forces and focus on the core challenges which matter most to us and to support those actions by our core allies who are protecting themselves against what they think are their core threats as well. Still, Moscow was limited by its economic resources, Mr Colby said.

If the U.S. is to half narrow the gap between its capabilities and those of the potential enemies, its will require a focus on technology, to start ahead in possible cyberwars and missile and anti-missile systems.

President Donald Trump and his administration worry that the United States military is feeling the effects of years of budget shortfalls and atrophy, and needs a full reboot.

The military continues to work tirelessly to accomplish the mission with now inadequate and misaligned resources, simply because the Congress can not maintain regular order, Mattis said. "We must shed outdated management and acquisition practices while adopting American industry's best practices". "We must remain faithful to those who voluntarily sign a blank check, payable to the American people with their lives".

"I recognize the consequences of a government shutdown", he wrote and offered his "personal commitment" to try to lessen the impacts of disruptions and financial burdens.

"We need Congress back in the driver's seat for budget decisions instead of in the spectator seat for budget control acts", Mattis said.

"To address the scope and pace of our competitors" and adversaries' ambitions and capabilities, we must invest in modernisation capabilities through sustained, predictable budgets, ' it added.

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