'Cold War Mentality': US Defense Strategy Includes False Judgments on China

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United States Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that "great power competition, not terrorism" will now be the main focus of national security policy.

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.

"It is regrettable that instead of having a normal dialogue, instead of using the basis of global law, the USA is indeed striving to prove their leadership through such confrontational strategies and concepts", Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations.

He said we are open for dialogue and prepared to discuss military doctrines.

Mattis' explanation for how to make space more resilient echoes the thinking of other military leaders who have called for the Pentagon to stop using large, expensive spacecraft and instead put up constellations of cheaper small satellites that can be replaced quickly if a conflict erupted and US systems came under attack. I've been here and I heard it said then.

"I don't think anyone in Moscow or Beijing will be surprised", Wight said. "We do a lot of intelligence operations around the world and they cost money, those obviously would stop", Mattis said earlier this week.

Rather than spending money on rebuilding government institutions and fighting genocidal terrorism in countries like Syria and Iraq, Breedon said that it looked like the United States government was only interested in brighter, shinier bombs. That mantra was repeated in a national security strategy that Trump's administration released in December.

Retired US Amy Lt Gen Thomas Spoehr - director of the Centre for National Defence at The Heritage Foundation - explained that the strategy's emphasis on China will support investments in systems like THAAD, the Aegis ballistic missile defence system, the F-35, and Virginia-class and Ohio-class submarines.

If enemies know we are weak today but will be strong tomorrow, they have every incentive to strike sooner rather than later.

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"This shift, Pentagon planners say, will require a "more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating" military that can regain the overwhelming advantage the United States once held over those rivals and lesser adversaries such as Iran and North Korea", military website Defense One reported. But it also stressed a need for burden-sharing, an apparent nod to Mr Trump's public criticism of allies who he says unfairly take advantage of U.S. security guarantees.

Colby, though, said an emphasis on strengthening and building new alliances will also mean "more balanced burden-sharing arrangements with our allies and partners" - a nod to Trump's repeated accusations that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and other allies are not pulling their weight.

For existing programmes, the NDA will also be used to make the case for ramping up funds or curtailing them.

In spending terms, America's military outlay per year far outpaces China and Russian Federation, the rivals cited by Mattis.

"It is a nuclear deterrent, it is not a war fighting capability unless it is the worst day in our nation or the world's history", he said.

Even as Mattis delivered his speech, U.S. lawmakers scrambled to come up with an 11th-hour deal to avert a shutdown when the federal government runs out of money tonight. Planners should size forces to maintain robust conventional and strategic deterrents forward in all three of these theaters while equipping a force for decision in the event deterrence fails.

To achieve those goals, the military will be "strategically predictable but operationally unpredictable", the report says.

"In the past two years alone, we have enacted significant bipartisan reforms to streamline bureaucracy at the Pentagon, strengthen the military health care and retirement systems, and improve congressional oversight".

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