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USA defense chief says N. Korea threatens global stability

USA defense chief says N. Korea threatens global stability

Unfortunately, the panoply of threats spanning from North Korean ICBMs to ISIS demands the American military maintain a broad array of capabilities. "This is a defense strategy that will guide our efforts in all realms". "It is incumbent upon us to field a more lethal force if our nation is to retain the ability to defend ourselves and what we stand for", Mattis said.

"We will be willing to be persuaded by them, recognising that not all good ideas come from the country with the most aircraft carriers", Mr Mattis said.

Following the document's release, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) said the strategy "gets the big decisions right, prioritizes the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices".

The defence secretary said while the USA was "still strong", its competitive edge had "eroded in every domain of warfare - air, land, sea, space and cyberspace - and is continually eroding".

"It is clear that conflicts between China and the United States are heading in the direction of becoming more strategic, more serious. and more comprehensive", Shi said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Beijing yesterday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a USA missile destroyer which had "violated" its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea.

The Pentagon said in a statement that Mattis' trip to Asia would go ahead even in the case of a government shutdown because it was necessary for national security and foreign relations.

"The surest way to prevent war is to be prepared to win one", he said.

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"Today, America's military reclaims an era of strategic goal, alert to the realities of a changing world", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to the prepared remarks of his speech on Friday morning.

While experts praised the document's targeting of the largest national security threats rather than the longer lists of risks in some previous strategies, some said that without knowing the budget commitments, it was hard to assess if it was a sound strategy.

The strategy also highlighted the importance of strengthening alliances. Instead of papering over these realities, the new strategy should identify what needs to be restored and which ancillary assignments may actually be more efficiently conducted outside the military.

But Mattis gave no indication that the military's capacity to protect the American people will be compromised: "We will continue what we are doing but the value of the military is grossly enhanced by the sense that the American model of government, of the people, by the people, for the people, can function and carry out its governmental responsibilities". "At the same time, we'll reform our department's business practices for performance and affordability", the secretary said.

"Once it departs from cooperation with China, the United States will find that the costs of maintaining its global interests will get higher and higher", it said. That includes more than 1.3 million people on active duty in the military who would be required to work but would not be paid until funding is renewed.

Associate Professor Li Mingjiang from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told The Sunday Times that the latest NDS shows the USA has adopted a new posture towards China that might result in tougher policies in areas where the two sides disagree.

The document said that worldwide alliances would be critical for the United States military, by far the world's best-resourced. There is little indication, despite the credentials of McMaster, Mattis, et.al, that diplomacy will take to the fore, that Tillerson the oilman in charge, or the State department that he heads, will rise up the learning curve to take charge. On Thursday, Pentagon officials called reporters in to speak with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development Elbridge Colby, but he declined to answer any questions about how the strategy would affect the budget; or what new weapons the new strategy would require; or what the shift means for operations across Africa, where the U.S.is involved in daily hot wars. "We need a budget and we need budget predictability if we're to sustain our military's primacy", he said.


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