The new military strategy of Pentagon cites Russia’s enthusiasm in resorting to force in achieving its goals and China’s worrisome activities in the South China Sea as the primary source of U.S.’ security threats.
While the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey said he cannot anticipate exactly where the next threat to the United States and its interests may come form, he nevertheless “knows it will happen faster than in the past, and the U.S. military must be prepared,” says the Joint Chief of Staff blog posted on its website.
The new military strategy recognized the technology’s acceleration of everything, resulting in today’s groups and individuals having in their possession more information “than governments had in the past.”
In the new national military strategy released on June 1, Russia’s contribution in combating terrorism and narcotics was recognized; nonetheless, it simultaneously pointed out the country’s intervention with other territories.
“It has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors. Russia’s military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces,” the strategy reads, emphasizing Russia’s violations of several agreements that Russia signed, supposedly obliging the county to comply with its norms.
The U.S., according to the strategy, supports China as a rising power and even encourages it to be a partner in achieving greater international security, but its claim of ownership over the whole South China Sea is inconsistent with international law. It also mentions China’s aggressive response to diplomatic calls from the international community in settling disputes.
But while the two powers’ actions do not pose direct military threats against the U.S. or its allies, “they each pose serious security concerns which the international community is working to collectively address by way of common policies, shared messages and coordinated action,” the strategy says.
The document also warns on an “immense” reaction from the U.S. should an “interstate war with a major power” involving the U.S. would occur, the probability of which has been “assessed to be low but growing.”