Mattis: Pentagon aims to reverse loss of US military advantage to Russia
The new US National Defense Strategy has a priority goal of reversing the loss of the United States’ military advantage to Russia and China, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a congressional testimony on Wednesday, Sputnik reported.
"The National Defense Strategy prioritizes major power competition and, in particular, reversing the erosion of US military advantage in relation to China and Russia," Mattis said in prepared testimony to the US House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on Wednesday.
The combination of rapidly changing technology, the negative impact on military readiness resulting from the longest continuous period of combat in US history, and a prolonged period of unpredictable and insufficient funding, created an overstretched and under-resourced military, Mattis warned.
"[O]ur competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyber… Modernizing the Nation’s nuclear deterrent delivery systems, including our nuclear command and control, is the [Defense] Department’s top priority," Mattis said.