According to the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff (JCS) of the Armed forces, U.S. General Joseph Dunford, Russia militarily, remains the “most serious threat” of all States that pose a danger to the United States. As reported by NBC News, he said at a security conference in aspen, Colorado.
Dunford singled out Russia from a number of countries, among which he named China, Iran and North Korea. He explained that “Russia has the greatest potential in the military sphere” and has “the largest cumulative capabilities” in this area, has nuclear capabilities and can act in cyberspace.
At the same time, the most urgent threat that requires immediate action, Dunford called North Korea.
As stated in the report on the performance of the Dunford on the website of the Ministry of defense, the Pentagon is considering five main threats. Four of them come from countries: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, the fifth threat is non-state terrorism that may occur at any point of the globe.
“Looking at Russia, we see that it is modernizing its nuclear enterprise, is upgrading its submarine forces, modernizing their conventional weapons,” said Dunford, adding that all this is done, despite the significant demographic and economic problems facing Russia. According to him, the competitive advantage of the U.S. in many of these areas are becoming fewer.
Dunford also said that he was concerned about Russia’s behavior: the “annexation” of Crimea and actions in Eastern Ukraine, threats to Georgia and Moldova and its assistance to Syria. He regarded it as an attempt “to undermine the most successful Alliance in history — NATO Alliance”.
China, according to the Pentagon, more opaque. Beijing has invested heavily in building its military capabilities, including improvements to the nuclear Arsenal. The concern of the United States are also actions in the South China sea. Iran continued Dunford, is trying to spread its influence in the middle East, and these processes must be carefully controlled. The most unpredictable country in the Dunford called North Korea, which is building its nuclear capacity and an Intercontinental missile.
A day earlier, speaking at the same conference, former Director of National intelligence James Clapper has beaten the campaign slogan for trump. He wondered whether politics trump to the fact that Russia “will once again be great”, while trump himself called to do “great again” America.
Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized the “advisers trump” who “jumped from” get the dirt on Hillary Clinton, referring to the swollen press of the scandalous story of meeting the son of trump’s Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. “The Russians are very tricky, and they will use and to use every opportunity they get,” warned Brennan.